Award cars come in all shapes and sizes, and the new version of the Garage 54 YouTube channel honors the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class in a very unique way. Instead of using sheet metal and other typical car materials, the Garage team decided to build a tribute car out of a large block of ice.
In the video, the car begins its life as a UAZ 469, with the team removing the box body of the SUV first, leaving only the rolling chassis behind. The new frame is built in the shape of the G-Class, and the car is then moved outside, where the real build begins. The ten tons of ice in the huge brick served as a starting point for the body.
The chainsaw and chisel help cut the blocks of ice into more manageable pieces before attaching them to the frame individually. The G-Class slowly comes together, with the pieces being finely chiseled before molding, so that they stick to the other blocks. This is done by injecting water between layers of ice blocks, allowing the water to freeze and binding the blocks together.
Once the block of ice had stuck to the car, the team began cutting the SUV to its final shape, sculpting a Mercedes-like grille on the front that’s hidden under the V-shaped hood of the model and the iconic fender marking lights. The team was even able to find G-Class alloy wheels to suit the UAZ.
Complementing the Mercedes build are several integrated LED lights that illuminate the ice, giving the ice SUV some quirky theatrics. Adding to the fun is the fact that this SUV can still be driven even with the added weight of the ice. We expect the suspension and gearbox to be far from happy with this setup.
Garage 54 is a YouTube channel that pushes the boundaries of automotive engineering, often putting the weirdest vehicle ideas into action. The channel has built a car with office chair supports for suspension, a Lada with big roof brakes, and another Lada with 14 wheels. Really crazy stuff.