The Lexus hoverboard is so cool. It looks amazing. Lexus has finally revealed footage of a real, working hoverboard. Demonstrated in a specially-made skate park near Barcelona, the board and its riders perform stunts common on normal skateboards — except this board never touches the ground.
Working with scientists from IFW Dresden and Evico GmbH (a subsidiary of the Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden), Lexus took more than a year to go from concept to realizing the dream of a real magnetic levitation hoverboard and accompanying hoverpark.
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,” Evico’s CEO, Dr. Oliver de Haas, said in an email. “The force is strong enough that the rider can stand and even jump on the board.”
To show exactly how the hoverboard came to be, the team posted a video (above) that takes viewers behind the scenes, showing how the hoverboard was prototyped and tested by pro skater Ross McGouran.