VIDEO: Lexus Made a Hoverboard That Rides on Water

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Lexus has made a functional hoverboard and has given us a 2 minute video of skaters actually riding the thing, even on water.  Supposedly the water riding would only last for a very small amount of time each try, but it’s still pretty cool.

Pro skater Ross McGouran gives it a go in this video in Barcelona, Spain.  Ross hits rails, rides bowls, and rides on water.

“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,” Ross McGouran

Ross rides the Lexus Hoverboard
Ross rides the Lexus Hoverboard


“Superconductors made of yttrium barium copper oxide are inlaid into the body of the board. Placed into two reservoirs within, this compound is cooled down to below a chilly –181oC (–294oF) in liquid nitrogen, which is the mysterious gas emanating out of the hoverboard. Once cooled, the superconductors store a magnetic field, generated from the 200 meters of magnetic track built into the skatepark. And so the hoverboard hovers.” –

This same technique has been thought of for train transport.  Trains on rails that don’t actually even touch the rails.  This technology has been known of for a long time and it’s very unsustainable and expensive, but very cool to see in hoverboard form.

Lexus also made a mini documentary about how they created the hoverboard and it’s below:


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