Lexus released a cool new test ride video at a specially designed “hoverpark” for the prototype of its hoverboard. Shot in Barcelona, the video shows various test riders sliding down rails, ripping across water, and falling more than a few times.
Professional skater Ross McGouran, who was one of the lucky test riders, said the experience is very different to the wheel-based riding he has become accustomed to.
“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,” he said.
The model is not what you’d expect, however. Its ability to hover comes from superconductors inside the board which have a powerful magnetic field that glides along the 200 meters of magnetic tracks underneath the hoverpark. The board itself has to be filled with liquid nitrogen to keep the magnetic material at -197 degrees Fahrenheit (hence the gas emitting from its side in the video), which allows it to oppose the magnetic tracks and achieve a hovering distance of about 3-4 inches, possessing a strong enough force for the rider to to pop an ollie with. However as it stands now, riders are unfortunately not able to govern the steering, and since the design is based on the absence of friction, someone who may be heavier will push the board down more which brings about the possibility of coming to a screeching halt when the board touches the ground.
So it seems we can’t be like Marty McFly just yet. The board is still a prototype and the auto company has no plans to sell them currently, however it’s an awesome development in the hoverboard technology everyone has been looking forward to since Back to The Future II. Hopefully it’ll only be a few more years now until skaters can be seen riding these down side walks in their self-lacing Nike’s.
Watch the video here: