It’s here. It’s finally here. And most importantly, it’s working. We’re talking about the much-awaited Lexus Hoverboard, which is being put into action in a new video released by the Japanese luxury automaker.
Though it was first unveiled two months ago, the hoverboard the automaker calls Project SLIDE was initiated a year and a half ago through a collaboration with magnetic levitation specialists IFW Dresden and evico GmbH.
The magic of the Project SLIDE lies in two reservoirs called cryostats, which store superconducting material at -197 degrees through immersion in liquid nitrogen. The board is then placed above a track that contains permanent magnets.
For the ultimate test, Lexus transported up to 200 metres of magnetic track from its Dresden facility and laid it underneath a hoverpark surface in Barcelona. Test rider Ross McGouran, who is also a professional skateboarder, finds the hoverboard different from the conventional four-wheeled plank of wood he is accustomed to.
“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 in order to ride the hoverboard. It’s a whole new experience,” he said.
Shot by award winning director Henry-Alex Rubin, the film is part of the fourth project in the Lexus “Amazing in Motion” campaign series that showcases creativity and innovation from the brand.
Lexus Hoverboard Ride Revealed
New Film for the Latest Amazing in Motion Campaign Shows Final Testing in Barcelona
August 04, 2015
TOKYO, August 05, 2015 — Following the unveiling of the Lexus Hoverboard in June, the luxury automotive company is completing a full and final reveal of the project concluding a successful testing phase which took place in Cubelles, Barcelona.
Mark Templin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International said: “Embarking on this project, we set out to push the boundaries of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible. With this project we call ‘SLIDE’, we collaborated with partners who share our passion for creating enjoyment out of motion. Even through combining our technology and expertise, we discovered making a hoverboard isn’t an easy process. 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.”
The Lexus Hoverboard project began 18 months ago through a collaboration with a team of scientists from IFW Dresden and evico GmbH, who specialize in magnetic levitation technology. Following extensive testing with pro skateboarder and hoverboard test rider Ross McGouran, in Dresden, Germany, the team were determined to push the hoverboard to its limits and conduct further tests within dynamic surroundings.
“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 in order to ride the hoverboard. It’s a whole new experience,” said pro skateboarder and hoverboard test rider Ross McGouran.
Since the Lexus Hoverboard was unveiled in June, testing has been carried out in a specially constructed hoverpark, combining elements from skate culture with technology within its architecture. Up to 200 meters of magnetic track was transported to Barcelona from the Dresden facility to lay beneath the hoverpark surface in order to create the dynamic test, offering Lexus the opportunity to demonstrate tricks no skateboard could ever perform, like travelling across water. Lexus has captured the final ride footage and released it as a film led by award winning director Henry-Alex Rubin.
The Lexus Hoverboard technology features two “cryostats”—reservoirs in which superconducting material is kept at -197 degrees through immersion in liquid nitrogen. The board is then placed above a track that contains permanent magnets. Dr. Oliver de Haas, evico CEO, said: “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.”
The Lexus Hoverboard film called “SLIDE” features the high performance GS F and is part of the fourth project in the Lexus “Amazing in Motion” campaign series that showcases creativity and innovation from the Lexus brand.