Fresh off the press we’re excited to announce the video everybody has been waiting for, the Lexus hoverboard in action!
The task of putting the machine through its paces fell to international pro-skateboard star Ross McGouran, who said: “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 you need to ride the hoverboard.”
Without further ado, here is the official video:
The Lexus Hoverboard features two cryostats, reservoirs which contain superconducting material, kept at -197°C through immersion in liquid nitrogen. The board is placed above a track fitted with permanent magnets to achieve magnetic levitation.
Dr Oliver de Haas, CEO of evico, said: “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. The force is strong enough that the rider can stand and even jump on the board.”
Unfortunately the Lexus Overboard still remains as a prototype and is not intended for sale, so our hopes of one day hovering to and from work will have to remain as dreams for now.
Thanks go to Lexus for providing us with this news.