When you see a janky Lada in a Garage 54 video, you know something interesting is going to happen. When you see two Ladas connected by a solid axle and a single tyre spinning frantically in the middle, the crazy factor goes off the scale. This time around, however, it's not the Ladas that receive the punishment. It's the poor snow tyre stuck in the middle.
Welcome to the strangest method of tyre torture you'll probably ever see. Yes, we have two Ladas for this experiment, and if they look familiar, it's because they were recently welded together to create a bonkers widebody monstrosity. They're obviously separated now, but by bolting a solid rear axle to, well, another solid rear axle, the gearing makes the differential input shaft spin considerably faster than the axle. So why not bolt a tyre to it? But wait, there's more.
One might think such a test would be best suited for a high-performance street tyre but come on, that's not how Garage 54 rolls. Instead, the test subject is a Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 snow tyre, which has a maximum speed rating of just 118 mph. If that's not sketchy enough, it's a studded snow tyre... with the studs still in place. For the record, there's no blood or similar carnage in this video but in case you need a reminder, this definitely falls into the don't try this at home category.
That should be abundantly clear as the tyre is accelerated to over 5,600 revolutions per minute. Mind you, the tyre's rated speed of 118 mph should equal about 1,800 rpm so some quick maths tells us this tyre reached a speed equivalent to around 385 mph. That's over three times its maximum rating, and it's enough to literally stretch the rubber and break the steel belts inside. The tyre doesn't disintegrate, but a post-experiment inspection reveals its days on the road are well and truly over.
Which means we'll probably see the misshapen tyre return for a future Garage 54 experiment. Let's hope they at least remove the studs this time.