Footage released by luxury car maker Lexus yesterday shows a glimpse back into the future, with a real-life working hoverboard being put through its paces.
Professional skateboarder Ross McGouran can be seen riding the board around a concrete skate park that was constructed in Cubelles, about an hour away from Barcelona for the glitzy promo.
It (only) took 394 days of testing and development before engineers completed the project at an undisclosed cost.
After a few initial failures and several trips back to the drawing board, engineers found by using liquid nitrogen and permanent magnets the board could be elevated on a metal track or surface.
“The system doesn’t need electricity at all,” Magnetic levitation engineer Dietmar Berger said in a behind-the-scenes film about the making of the board.
Select invited guests have been at Cubelles since the park was completed last month to trial the board.
Not everyone’s convinced though, as the board has to remain on the metal track.
There was some of deception to Lexus’ skate park too; the makers had painted the wooden framework grey to make it appear concrete.
Also, it has been reported that the metal track had been covered with some sort of plaster in an effort to conceal it.
A spectacular show by Lexus no doubt, but Back to the Future’s Marty McFly may feel a tad let down.
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