Here's What Happens When You Try Doing A Burnout On Tires Made Of Electrical Tape

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We already know that making a “tire” out of duct tape yields surprisingly not-bad results, but what if you make tires from electrical tape, and try ripping a burnout? In yet another episode in which he answers a question no one ever asked, YouTuber Garage 54 ENG tries just that.

Electrical tape is a wonderful thing, insulating faulty wiring and other electrical components to prevent shorts, sparks, fires and bad smells. But, unlike duct tape, the usually-black insulator is not exactly known to be the stickiest of adhesive strips. So will it fare as well as duct tape when wrapped around a wheel, and when tasked to fulfill tire-duty?

The electrical tape seems to hold up fine in the video, even after the host, Vlad, rips the first few burnouts in his extremely powerful (not powerful) VAZ 2100-series shitbox. That’s not particularly surprising, since the tape—which doesn’t seem to do so well in the grip department—is mostly in compression.


In time, though, shear loads and reactive centrifugal forces do a number on the electrical tape, turning it into a shredded mess.

Still, it seems like the tape would work if you needed something to protect your wheel from getting damaged, and you weren’t to concerned with ride quality or, well, grip—so basically, the main purposes of tires.

Sr. Tech Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from engineers—email me. Cars: Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94), Chrysler Voyager Diesel ('94)

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Just don’t do it in a tesla because it wont be able to get the power down since it’s insulated.