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Watch How Well a Wheel Made of 10,000 Sheets of Paper Holds up to Drifting

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Screenshot: Garage 54 ENG (YouTube)

In his endless quest to discover how regular household items combine with crappy Russian automobiles, Vlad from Garage 54 ENG just made a wheel out of 10,000 sheets of standard A4 printer paper and a whole lot of glue. He then bolted the creation to a sedan and drifted. Successfully.

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Yet again, I’m entranced by Vlad’s idiotic (or ingenious?) experiments, this time involving gluing lots of printer paper together, shaving the resulting stack into a circle, and drilling four holes to receive wheel lug studs:

To make the “wheel,” Vlad takes six pieces of paper in a vertical orientation and places them into the shape of a rectangle (two rows of three). He then glues a layer of horizontally-oriented sheets on top of that, and continues on, layer after layer until he’s got a nice, thick stack of paper and adhesive.

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Then he does it all over a few times until he’s got a number of chunky, roughly rectangular bricks of paper—all of which he glues together using polyvinyl acetate glue.

After resting a Nissan RB20 engine and a couple of transmissions on top of the stack to compress it, and letting the tall tower of glue and paper dry, Vlad and his team break out the band saw to shave the gluey mess into a circle. From there, Vlad cuts out the center of a wheel to act as a washer between his car’s extended lug studs and the paper monstrosity, drills some holes, and bolts it all up.

The results are actually fairly impressive, with the paper wheel holding up quite well, even after Vlad throws the VAZ sideways into some turns. It’s an answer to a question nobody ever asked, but that’s what makes these supremely silly videos so compelling.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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Yes I drive a 240... Sort of

I honestly don’t see the point in these ‘experiments’.