Back to The Future predicted that by 2015 we would all be driving flying cars and wearing two ties to work.
Neither of those predictions has come true, probably for the better. But another has: the hoverboard. And Lexus has built one.
The principle of magnetic levitation is well established. Without getting too deep into the science, an object can ‘float’ on a very powerful magnetic field and be propelled across that field. Maglev trains are already in operation in China – with no friction holding them back, the trains can travel at speeds of 300mph or more.
Lexus worked with experts in super-conductive technology to create the hoverboard. Liquid nitrogen-cooled super-conductors and permanent magnets generate the magnetic levitation that ‘powers’ the hoverboard.
The ‘board is the fourth installment in Lexus’s ‘Amazing in Motion’ campaign. Styling cues like the spindle ‘grille’ on the front draw a link to the road cars.
Mark Templin, Executive Vice President of Lexus, said: “We constantly challenge ourselves and our partners to push the boundaries of what is possible. 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.”
So, the future is here. Except in Back to The Future, every kid had a hoverboard. This one probably cost millions of dollars and had the patronage of a major car manufacturer. It’ll be a long time before you can go to Toys ‘R’ Us and buy one for a couple of hundred quid.
Now, can someone start work on a 300mph maglev car?
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By Only Motors