“There is no such thing as impossible, it’s just a matter of figuring out how.” – Haruhiko Tanahashi, Lexus Chief Engineer.
It’s Back to the Future in real life. The Lexus Hoverboard has officially impressed the world. Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division of cars, is taking automotive engineering expertise to the skate park rather than the road. The current Hoverboard is the result of 403 days of work from some of the world’s top engineers.
The Hoverboard Technology
The Lexus Hoverboard looks fairly simple from the outside, but the technology is quite complex. It is constructed from an insulated core that contains high temperature superconducting blocks (HTSLs). The HTSLs are housed in reservoirs of liquid nitrogen, cooling the superconductors to -197°C.
Unfortunately, the board cannot travel freely on any surface yet. It must follow a track of magnets. The testing skate park was built specifically for the Lexus Hoverboard, equipped with magnetic tracks. As long as the hoverboard follows the track, it floats; even over water!
Inspired by both Lexus and modern skateboard design, the Lexus Hoverboard is a design spectacle. Lexus was sure to incorporate the iconic Lexus spindle grille into the board. It weighs 11.5kg with magnets and liquid nitrogen, holds 50 oz. of liquid nitrogen, and is made of natural bamboo.
See the full Lexus press release.