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Lexus reveals working hoverboard [video]

Lexus has released a video of its much-teased hoverboard in action showing that Back to the Future wasn’t just Hollywood flim-flam.

LEXUS HAS HAD its boffins working on a hoverboard for the last 18 months, and it’s finally revealed the thing in a video overnight. Previously we’d only seen static images and descriptions of how it would work.

So, how does it work? Well, according to Lexus, the hoverboard hovers because of magnetic field from a track that’s ‘frozen’ (via liquid nitrogen at -123-degrees Celsius) into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track. This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.

To show off the hoverboard, Lexus built a one-off skate park which features approximately 200 meters of buried magnetic track.  This enables riders to do all sorts of tricks including hovering over water…

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In a statement, Lexus International Executive Vice President Mark Templin said “Embarking on this project, we set out to push the boundaries of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible.

“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.”

1 Comment

  1. Gus408
    August 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    Doesn’t turn.

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.