Watch: Lexus Hoverboard Proves ‘Back to the Future’ Movie Prediction is True (Video)
If you were too young to watch ‘Back to the Future 2’ movie when it was shown in the theaters in 1989, you just missed one-third of your life. But just to give you an idea, the movie predicted that there will be hoverboard in 2015. Lo and behold, there is a now what people call the Lexus Hoverboard.
According to Lexus International, the Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve frictionless movement. The luxury vehicle division of Toyota noted that this seemingly impossible rideable device is composed of superconductors cooled by liquid nitrogen and permanent magnets.
“There is no such thing as impossible. It’s just a matter of figuring out how.” Lexus chief engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi was quoted in a statement via the short Lexus Hoverboard ‘Amazing in Motion’ video teaser released last Tuesday, June 23, 2015, showing a young man riding a real-life hoverboard.
Dubbed as the Slide, this real hoverboard features the iconic Lexus spindle signature shape, using materials found in Lexus luxury cars. Although it is not a real vehicle, it looks similar to the hoverboard that Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) used in the Back to the Future 2′ movie.
“At Lexus, 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.” Lexus International EVP Mark Templin, said.
“It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination.” Mr. Templin added, referring to the skateboard-style hoverboard. However, he did not specify if Lexus was able to coordinate with the late actor Christopher Lloyd about the design.
This bamboo-trimmed Lexus Hoverboard will be tested in a similarly controlled environment in Barcelona, Spain in the coming weeks, and a full video commercial is expected to be released. Unfortunately, this prediction-come-true hoverboard is only a prototype and will not be for sale.