Is the Lexus Hover real?

Posted on 24 Jun 2015 by Tim Brown
The new Lexus hoverboardoperates using magnetic levitation while featuring iconic Lexus design features - image courtesy of Lexus.
The new Lexus Hover operates using magnetic levitation while featuring iconic Lexus design features - image courtesy of Lexus.

Luxury car company Lexus said it has partnered with world leading experts in super conductive technology to create one of the most advanced hoverboards ever developed.

But the question certainly begs: is the Lexus Hover real? As in will it bring alive the dream of skooting along in Marty McFly’s shoes.

The shoes have been created, we’ve just been waiting for the board? A decent hoverboard attempt came to light last year but it needed a special metal conductive surface to work.

When it comes to this latest version from Lexus, even though no one steps on for a ride, the video certainly appears to show the board hovering on a plain concrete surface.

Well hold on to your hats, because you’re about to be… at least a little disappointed.

Lexus has confirmed that in video showing its hoverboard, the board is indeed ‘skating’ on a plane surface, but a plane surface with a metal surface underneath.

So in answer to the question, is the Lexus Hover real? The answer is yes…partially.

Like previous hoverboards, such as the Hendo, the Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation (or maglev) to achieve frictionless movement. The Lexus design, however, incorporates a highly advanced design that features liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets.

Lexus International executive vice president, Mark Templin, said the new hoverboard exemplified Lexus’ commitment to innovation in design and engineering.

“At Lexus, we constantly challenge ourselves and our partners to push the boundaries of what is possible,” he comemnted. “That determination, combined with our passion and expertise for design and innovation, is what led us to take on the hoverboard project.

“It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination.”

The Lexus hoverboard is part of the fourth project in the Lexus ‘Amazing in Motion’ campaign that showcases the creativity and innovation of the Lexus brand.

Testing of the Lexus hoverboard will take place in Barcelona, Spain, over the coming weeks.