Lexus hoverboard – Updated information and pictures

Image courtesy of El Patin

We reported yesterday that Lexus claim to have invented an actual working hoverboard. Thanks to the good people over at El Patín, we now have a bit more information about how it is all going to work.

The Japanese car brand intend to film the commercial in Barcelona, at a specially built skatepark located in Cubelles and pictured above. The Lexus hoverboard uses a magnetic levitation which allows it to achieve frictionless movement over permanent magnets, meaning the board can only move over the metal tracks you can see in the picture above.

The video, posted yesterday, showed the board traveling over concrete. However when El Patín headed out to the park where the commercial is being filmed they found the vehicle can only travel over those magnetic rails. Lexus have pointed out “It’s just a matter of figuring out how”, but for now they will be hiding the metal tracks with thin wooden slats that look like concrete – giving the illusion that the board works anywhere.

Image courtesy of El Patin

Regarding the skatepark that has been built in Cubelles, El Patín have told us that it’s not exactly as it appears. The construction began about a month ago and is patrolled by private security 24 hours a day. The materials being used in construction do not appear strong enough to be suited to actual skateboarding – everything is made out of wood with a thin layer of concrete.

Image courtesy of El Patin

Sources involved in the construction of the skatepark told El Patín that the park has been designed by Ross McGouran, and that he’ll probably be the one featuring in the commercial. Different workers have been observed trying the hoverboard this week, but almost none of them were able to handle it.

We’ve added a gallery below for you to take a look through, and will be keeping our eyes and ears open for anymore updates.


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