After countless teasers, Lexus has finally released a video showing their hoverboard in action.
Developed over the course of 18 months, the hoverboard uses two “cryostats” which are effectively reservoirs that store a superconducting material at -197 degrees through immersion in liquid nitrogen. The board is then placed above a track that contains permanent magnets. As evico CEO Dr. Oliver de Haas explains “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. This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.”
In order to fully demonstrate the board’s capabilities, Lexus built a specially designed skate park which features approximately 200 meters (656 feet) of magnetic track which is hidden beneath the ground. This enables riders to do all sorts of tricks including hovering over water.
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.” He added “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.”