T E C H N O L O G Y “EVERYTHING I KNEW ABOUT SKATING WENT OUT THE WINDOW” – HOVERBOARD TEST RIDER ROSS MCGOURAN THE DETAIL Aside from fitting big technology into a very small package, wrapped in a design that is uniquely Lexus, the hoverboard features the iconic Lexus spindle grille signature shape and uses materials found across the Lexus brand, from the high tech to natural bamboo. The technology Lexus engineers created for the hoverboard features two cryostats – reservoirs in which superconducting material is kept at -197 degrees Celsius through immersion in liquid nitrogen. The board is then placed above a track that contains permanent magnets. 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. This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.
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