Perhaps you recall us mentioning how really cool it would be to actually see Marty McFly's hoverboard from Back to the Future II become reality? Well, there you go. It looks like Lexus just might have made one. Has it really?


Let's see. So, we remember last year's Kickstarter project Hendo, but that hoverboard was more like a fun toy than an actual means of personal transport. Now Lexus, Toyota's luxury car brand, took about a year and a half to develop a hoverboard of their own, however with the assistance of other professional agencies.

Launched as part of the company's "Amazing in Motion" series, the so-called SLIDE was built using "liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets" that together create "magnetic levitation to achieve frictionless movement." The distinctively Lexus-like design prototype is branded with the iconic Lexus "L" logo, using materials also found in the luxury car brand, such as bamboo wood.

Lexus will conduct practical testing of the hoverboard sometime in the next couple of weeks in Barcelona, but don't get overexcited just yet, as the company says, for the time being, their invention will not go into mass production. In fact, some reports even state SLIDE is just a marketing trick to promote new Lexus vehicles and not at all a 'real thing'... What do you think?

June 28, 2015 Driving photo: Lexus

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