While Audi is working hard on landing on the moon 2017 with their lunar quattro, in the meantime Toyota’s premium marque Lexus is trying to figure out how to build a fully functional hoverboard. We’ve all wanted one ever since Back to the Future II came out back in 1989 as the idea of a levitating skateboard without wheels is mesmerizing and seems like a lot of fun, not just for kids.
While the one featured in the movie was obviously fake, Lexus is attempting to build a real hoverboard and now they have released preliminary details about a prototype. Seen in the attached video and images are computer generated images (CGI), but Lexus says they will commence testing procedures in the following weeks in Barcelona, Spain with a prototype that will be tested by a professional skateboarder.
They describe it as being “one of the most advanced hoverboards ever developed” and will work thanks to “liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets” allowing Lexus to “create the impossible” and also to achieve “amazing frictionless movement.”
This very promising Lexus Hoverboard is part of the fourth project in the Lexus “Amazing in Motion” campaign which showcases the company’s efforts as far as innovation and creativity is concerned. If they get this right, Lexus’s brand image will certainly increase and in return it should have a positive impact on the company’s sales.
We don’t know how long it will take until Lexus will complete the testing procedures, especially since the company hasn’t said anything about putting the hoverboard into production. This seems at least several years away, but at least it’s good to know they are making efforts into developing the world’s first functional hoverboard that we have been waiting for decades.
Teams from Germany and London have been working on the hoverboard for the last 18 months and Lexus promises they will release additional videos during the forthcoming testing procedures.