T E C H N O L O G Y The Lexus Hoverboard project began through collaboration with a team of scientists from IFW Dresden and evico GmbH in Germany, who specialise in magnetic levitation technology. Following extensive testing with pro skateboarder and hoverboard test rider Ross McGouran, the team was determined to push the hoverboard to its limits. McGouran has been skateboarding for more than 20 years, one of the fastest and most engaging skaters around, but the hoverboard experience was in a class of its own. He began skating on the concrete surfaces of his local skate park in Britain, and the professional skater is now part of the Element Europe team and a pro-rider for Vans Europe. “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,” he said of the experience. THE STORY Get the full story on the development of the Lexus hoverboard over a period of more than a year. Representing true innovation and imagination, together with pushing the boundaries of technology, track its journey from initial testing with superconductors and magnets to the final testing of the groundbreaking complete product. THE SCIENCE Creating SLIDE required re-engineering core technologies and uncovering true technical innovations. From assembling maglev technology into a board, to finding the right combination of superconductors, magnets and liquid nitrogen – every step pushed the team to stretch the possibilities of technology.
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