Sadly, it won't be coming to skateboard parks any time soon.
August 5, 2015
by PLANT Staff
BARCELONA — Lexus has finally revealed footage of its real, working hoverboard. And it’s just as awesome as you’d think it would be.
The Japanese automaker has posted an official video of the incredible innovation in action at a custom-built skateboard part in Barcelona. The video also takes viewers behind-the-scenes into the development of the hoverboard, a project that took a little over a year to go from concept to reality, working with scientsists from IFW Dresden and Evico GmbH (a subsidiary of the Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden).
The hoverboard was prototyped at a Lexus facility in Texas, and tested by British professional skateboarder Roos McGouran.
It is constructed from an insulated core, containing HTSLs (high temperature superconducting blocks). These are housed in cryostats – reservoirs of liquid nitrogen that cool the superconductors to -197 degrees Celcius. The board is then placed above a track containing permanent magnets. When it is cooled to its operating temperature the track’s magnetic flux lines are ‘pinned’ into place, maintaining the hover height of the board.
Spanning roughly 200 meters, Lexus’s hoverpark was constructed using permanent magnets, allowing the superconducting hoverboard to float over it seamlessly.
Sadly, the smooth-riding device won’t be available to consumers, so the video will have to do for now.