Munich’s team achieves 201mph to win SpaceX’s 2nd Hyperloop competition

By : |August 28, 2017 0

Slowly but steadily, Elon Musk is inching closer towards realizing his dream of ‘third wave of transportation’ when humans and cargo will travel at the speed of an aircraft between cities hundreds of miles apart using magnetic levitation technology.

Marking another feat in the designing of the futuristic tube train for its Hyperloop project, Musk pronounced WARR Hyperloop team, from the Technical University of Munich as the winner of second Hyperloop Pod design competition whose vehicle zipped through the nearly airless tube topping 201 mph or 327 kilometers per hour.

The second Hyperloop Pod design competition on Sunday drew more than 600 engineering students from 24 universities around the world. The three teams that ran for the final round at the test tunnel included WARR Hyperloop, Switzerland’s Swissloop and Paradigm Hyperloop, a team from Northeastern University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and College of the North Atlantic.

Notably, WARR’s speed was three times more than the runner-up Paradigm Hyperloop who could only achieve 102 kilometers per hour in the lengthy tube. WARR pod’s carbon fiber body keeps its weight on the lower end lending it an ability to reach higher speeds faster. Both the other finalists faced some technical glitches in the last round.

WARR will get another opportunity to touch supersonic speeds next year as Musk announced that SpaceX will host its third pod competition in 2018.

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