Finally, it’s no longer just a concept, but rather a real device that Lexus actually flew journalists out to try. Based on an insulated core, the SLIDE utilizes high temperature superconducting blocks in cryostats – liquid nitrogen reservoirs that cool the superconductors to -197°C. The team places the board over permanent magnets to make it hover by cooling it to its operating temperature as the track’s magnetic flux lines are ‘pinned’ into place. Continue reading for five behind-the-scenes videos and more information.
“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,” said Lexus.