Lexus develops working hoverboard [Video]
When most people think of Lexus they think of things like comfortable sedans and capable SUVs. But that could change thanks to the luxury brand’s latest creation.
Fulfilling Back to the Future‘s promise of hoverboards by the year 2015, Lexus has developed an actual, working hoverboard of its own. Great Scott, indeed.
Designed beautifully with bamboo and influences from Lexus’s car models, the hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to keep it floating just above the ground. In order to provided that magnetic lift, the hoverboard is equipped with liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets. As an added special effects bonus, that liquid nitrogen provides a cool looking smoke trail.
“At Lexus, we constantly challenge ourselves and our partners to push the boundaries of what is possible,” said Mark Templin, executive vice president, Lexus International. “That determination, combined with our passion and expertise for design and innovation, is what led us to take on the Hoverboard project. It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination.”
Although seemingly off-topic for a car brand, the hoverboard project could eventually have some real world applications for Lexus. Friction is the enemy of efficiency, so a hovering automobile could boost economy by 10 percent or more. A hovering car would also technically be a flying one, so Lexus might be able to also scratch that off your future-tech wish list.
Of course a production viable hover-car is still quite a ways off. Since the hoverboard works with magnets, it needs a specific kind of surface to operate on. Still, the Lexus Hoverboard is an interesting look at one potential future.