The Lexus Hoverboard
August 7, 2015
“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS IMPOSSIBLE, IT’S JUST A MATTER OF FIGURING OUT HOW”Haruhiko Tanahashi, Lexus Chief EngineerEvery part of SLIDE required masters of design, technology and skateboarding to re-imagine their craft. The stories that came from this journey are as awe-inspiring as the final experience.
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.
Like all Lexus design, the board’s design features a balance of crafted details, modern materials and technical innovation. Inspired by classic skateboarding and Lexus design principles, the result is the perfect balance of the natural and high tech.
Designing the park took old and new principles of motion and skateboarding, but also pushed our hoverboard test rider to re-master his abilities to discover how style, tricks and technique created the modern ride.