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Lexus Unveils Its Much Anticipated Hoverboard

Lexus on Tuesday presented the final video reveal of its Hoverboard as part of its Amazing in Motion campaign.

Set to the sounds of Rudimental, pro skater Ross McGouran cruises around a Barcelona skate park on the Lexus Hoverboard.
Lexus have been teasing a working hoverboard for a while now and they have finally delivered!

Lexus unveiled it's hoverboard in a series of videos that showed how it was made and a professional skateboarder trying it out. While it might not be the same hoverboard from Back to the Future, it's still pretty amazing.

From watching the videos you quickly release that hoverboards aren't as easy as the look in the movies. First the board was extremely hard make. In one of the videos you see how long (over 400 days) it took them to get the technology down.

You also see how extremely hard it is to ride. Professional skater Ross McGouran falls a ton while he tries to get the hang of the board. This is not surprising because of how the board hovers.

"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," McGouran said. "It's a whole new experience."

 How It Hovers

The Lexus Hoverboard may not require 1.21 gigawatts to function, but it is truly bleeding-edge technology. A series of magnets embedded just below the surface of the specially built skate park give the Hoverboard its lift.

The Hoverboard itself is fitted with magnets and nitrogen-cooled superconductors that are kept at -197 degrees inside two reservoirs called "cryostats."

"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 hovering," said Evico CEO Oliver de Haas. "This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board." 

It is basically a small maglev train. The board uses superconductors and magnets to keep it off the ground. Because of this the course that McGouran rode on has metal underneath it. Without it the board would not be able to hover. This means that you're not going to be able to buy this at the store and play with it at your house. Most likely this will become an attraction at a skate park or theme park. 

Learn more : http://www.lexus-int.com/amazinginmotion/slide/

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