Lexus has finally revealed footage of their working hoverboard. It was demonstrated on their specially made hoverpark near Barcelona.
Lexus worked with scientists from IFW Dresden and Evico GmbH (a subsidiary of the Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden). It has taken more than a year for Lexus to go from a concept to the real thing, plus the purpose-built hoverpark.
In the YouTube video, the team had pro skater Ross McGouran test it out:
According to Mashable, the hoverpark, which spans roughly 200 meters, was constructed using permanent magnets, allowing the superconducting hoverboard to float over it seamlessly. The innards need to be cooled to minus 197 degrees celsius via liquid nitrogen—hence, the smoke you see billowing from the board’s sides.
“The magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and track—essentially keeping the board in a hover,” Dr. Oliver de Haas, Evico’s CEO, said. “The force is strong enough that the rider can stand and even jump on the board.”
In the video, McGouran not only rides the board, but he rides it on vertical curves and even over water.
In this YouTube video, Lexus tells exactly how the hoverboard came to be by taking us behind the scenes:
It’s a shame that it will never hit the markets, as it will not be offered as a commercial product.