Is This Levitating Car Track Amazingly Amazing or Amazingly Fake?

By Sam Biddle on at

I want to believe this is real. I really want to believe this is real. Please internet, just let us have this one thing: an astoundingly cool WipeOut model car track based on superconductivity and magnetic fields. It's incredible looking.

The question is, of course, CG or not CG? Certain parts look a little fishy, but the principles ostensibly behind the levitation are scientific fact. And yet, we can't find any "JAPAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY." Its YouTube channel only has one video upload—and a Gmail address. Plus, the fact that this is tied to a videogame screams VIRAL AD HELLO right into my ear.

But please—just let this be real.

What do you think? Have we been suckered? [Reddit]