Lexus’ latest attempt at amazing the world with its concept – hoverboard made quite a mark. And months after that Lexus is planning to completely reveal the hoverboard following a successful testing phase 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.”
According to Takayuki Yoshitsugu, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation, “The Lexus Hoverboard represents a significant technological and creative breakthrough, opening the door to a future with unlimited possibilities. At Lexus, we constantly challenge ourselves and our partners to push the boundaries of what is possible, and our revolutionary new hoverboard epitomizes our quest for technological leadership while carrying forward the brand’s uncompromising approach to design and innovation. We deeply appreciate the encouragement of our customers who have always supported our design-led initiatives over the years.”
The Lexus Hoverboard project began 18 months ago through 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 Ross McGouran.
Since the Lexus Hoverboard was unveiled in June, testing has been carried out in a specially constructed hoverboard park, 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 hoverboard park 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 are kept at -197 degrees through immersion in liquid nitrogen. The board is then placed above a track that contains permanent magnets. Dr. Oliver de Hass, 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 hoverboarding. 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.
To watch the film, please click on the following link: https://youtu.be/ZwSwZ2Y0Ops.
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