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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.

 

 



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