What Happens When a Tire Made of Rubber Bands Does a Burnout

Screenshot: Garage 54 ENG (YouTube)

Tires are made of rubber. Rubber bands are made of rubber. Ergo, based on the transitive property of equality, rubber bands are tires (???). Well, as this video of a Mercedes ripping a burnout in a wheel wrapped in rubber bands proves, that logic is deeply flawed.


The video is simple: Vlad from Garage 54 ENG, the YouTube channel of Russian automotive “scientists,” wraps thousands of rubber bands around a steel wheel, mounts that steel wheel on what looks like a Mercedes W124 E-Class, and then rips burnouts. Only, instead of just smoke filling the air, little strings of pink, yellow, blue and green take off like rockets:

Vlad notes that the thin layer of rubber bands helps give the car a nice, soft ride, but he doesn’t spend too much time enjoying it, deciding instead to hit the gas and tear the “tire” into shreds in a matter of only about 20 seconds. Vlad says he spent three days wrapping that wheel in rubber bands, and just those few seconds turning it all into a mountain of colorful rubber on the pavement.


Probably not worth it, but informative nonetheless—you know, to those folks out there who work at office supply stores and find themselves looking for cheap tire alternatives.

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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Calling that a tire is a bit of a stretch