“We’ve made the impossible, possible: The Lexus Hoverboard is here,” that’s the statement Lexus released on Tuesday (August 4).
After several teasers, the car maker finally lifts the veil on its anticipated hoverboard, concluding a successful testing phase which took place in Cubelles, Barcelona.
The Lexus Hoverboard project began 18 months ago through a collaboration with a team of scientists from IFW Dresden and evico GmbH, who specialize in magnetic levitation technology. Following extensive testing with pro skateboarder 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,” McGouran said.
Since the Lexus Hoverboard was unveiled in June, testing has been carried out in a specially constructed hoverpark, 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 hoverpark 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.
Currently, there’s no word if there will ever be a general release. But, it’s still awesome.