Have you ever wondered what would happen to a wheel if you placed an absurd amount of force onto the center of its face? Neither have we, but the on YouTube did it anyway, and the results are spectacular.
The channel wanted to see how much force it would take to destroy an alloy wheel versus a basic steel wheel, and film the results. This isn't the first time we've seen them try to crush something interesting—a couple years back they destroyed sticks of carbon fiber with some interesting results. Using a 150-ton hydraulic press, they first go from the top, causing the alloy wheel to collapse and fracture at its spokes, and the steel wheel to fold in on itself.
Later in the video (around 7:15, specifically), the host lays down the wheel so the press puts all of its force directly on the wheel's face, right where the lug nuts would go. This is where the video gets truly interesting. The alloy wheel's center and spokes explode into dozens of pieces, and forces the tire to shoot up and hit the roof of the press. Even the host wasn't expecting it to be as violent as it was.
The steel wheel, on the other hand, stayed in one piece during the same experiment, with the press simply moving the offset of the face.