Maglev hoverboard prototype unveiled by Lexus

The luxury car brand Lexus has issued a video trailer for what it says is a ‘real’ hoverboard complete with a polished wood deck and smoke pouring out of the top.

Lexus said it used magnetic levitation with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets, allied to similar technology that go into its cars to design it. However, the board can only be used on a metal track or surface at present, even though the video shows it appearing to work in a skate park.

The carmaker said the board was real and “rideable”, with a prototype set to be tested in Barcelona in the coming weeks, although it is said to be quite difficult to use in practice. There is no denying that the hoverboard looks sleek, with its bamboo casing, but whether rideable or just controllable is yet to be seen.

“Although a completely different form of transport, the hoverboard shares design cues with today’s Lexus cars, including the signature spindle grille. It has also been made using some of the same materials, both high-tech and natural,” the company said in a statement.

The concept hoverboard is the fourth project in Lexus’ Amazing in Motion campaign, hoping to advance the design and technology of levitating boards. There are no plans for it to go on sale as yet, the company said.

Mark Templin, executive vice president at Lexus International, said: “It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination.”

Lexus hoverboard demonstration video

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