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Lexus hoverboard is one smooth ride

Marty McFly did drive a Toyota, so maybe this makes sense.

Lexus has developed a skateboard-style hoverboard, just like the one Michael J. Fox’s character cruised around town on top of in Back to the Future Part II.

The bamboo-trimmed device uses permanent magnets and liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors to levitate, and is kitted out with a design inspired by the Toyota-owned company’s luxury cars.

But don’t expect to be cruising around downtown Hill Valley on one anytime soon. Lexus tells Engadget that, like similar board designed by California’s Arx Pax, it only works on a metallic surface, and that it built a special skate park to demonstrate it on. 

It’s only unveiled a teaser video so far, but will be revealing more of it action in the near future.
 

Unfortunately, for would-be time travellers, Lexus says it's only a prototype and will not go on sale.