Final details of Lexus Hoverboard unveiled
Luxury manufacturer Lexus has finally uncovered details of its Lexus Hoverboard following a testing phase at the Lexus hoverpark in Barcelona.
The Lexus Hoverboard was developed in a joint effort by scientists from IFW Dresden and evico GmbH, who are experts in magnetic levitation and together they have powered the Lexus Hoverboard with two cryostats that contain superconducting material bathed in liquid nitrogen at a chilly minus 197 degrees.
The cryostats work in conjunction with magnetic tracks imbedded in the ground to allow the Lexus Hoverboard to both move and levitate.
Dr Oliver de Hass, CEO of evico, said that the technology allowed riders to perform different stunts and tricks “the magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track – essentially keeping the board hovering,” he said.
“This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.”
Lexus Hoverboard stunt rider and famed skateboarder Ross McGouran performed a number of different moves on the hoverboard at Lexus’ specially built hoverpark in Barcelona, which includes 200 metres of inbuilt track that had been transported from Dresden to Barcelona. One of the tricks featured in the film includes McGouran jumping over a soon to be released Lexus GS F sedan, a car designed to do battle with the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
McGouran said learning to ride the was a novel experience “I’ve spent 20 years skateboarding, but without friction it feels like I’ve had to learn a whole new skill, particularly in the stance and balance in order to ride the hoverboard.”
Mark Templin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International explained that the Lexus Hoverboard demonstrated the brand’s design and engineering capabilities
“Embarking on this project, we set out to push the boundaries of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible,” he said.
“With this project we call ‘SLIDE’, we collaborated with partners who share our passion for creating enjoyment out of motion. Even through combining our technology and expertise, we discovered making a hoverboard isn’t an easy process.
“We’ve experienced the highs and lows and have overcome a few challenges, but through mutual determination we have created a demonstration of our philosophy in design and technology to create Amazing in Motion,” Mr Templin said.