Hyperloop pod hits 457kph in competition
University of Munich sets new speed record set for hyperloop in SpaceX competition
A new speed record has been set for hyperloop systems, after a pod reached 457kph (290mph) in a competition in the US.
The Warr Hyperloop team from the University of Munich beat it's own record of 383kph (238mph) in the Space X Hyperloop Pod Competition.
The team propelled a 70kg carbon-fibre pod using a 50kW electric motor on a 1.2km test tube to set the new record.
The Space X Hyperloop Pod Competition was set up to address the technical issues facing hyperloop systems. The latest challenge, the third stage of the competition, was focused purely on speed.
Second place was Delft University, which achieved a speed of 88mph followed by EPF Loop from Switzerland which reached 55mph. The competition was held at the SpaceX site in Hawthorne, California.