Hyperloop pod competition victor hits a top speed of 200mph

Marcus Newton
August 29, 2017

The winning team, comprised of students from the Technical University of Munich, raced a "pod" that hit a peak speed of 201 miles an hour on a almost one-mile track.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk has released the footage of an epic Hyperloop pod run.

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Musk, the founder of SpaceX, Tesla and brain-interface company Neuralink, aims to revolutionize transportation with his Hyperloop concept, which he envisions as a series of underground vacuum tubes through which transportation pods levitated by air would zoom at almost the speed of sound.

But Musk's SpaceX campus in Hawthorne will be the focus of the Hyperloop world Sunday as it hosts the Hyperloop Pod Competition. Musk congratulated WARR in a tweet on Sunday, adding in a subsequent tweet that it may be possible to reach "supersonic" speeds in the test Hyperloop tube. Two dozen student teams chosen from an original field of more than 120 have been working for two years on designs for the pods, and their efforts will culminate Sunday when their creations are propelled through a 1.25-kilometer Hyperloop test track. But Musk envisions tunnels that can accommodate 6,800-lb. Such a system could potentially cut the commute time between Los Angeles and San Francisco to about 30 minutes. The pod that reached the highest maximum speed would be crowned the victor. The 176-pound WARR pod is powered by a 50kW electric motor and features four pneumatic friction brakes that allow the pod to come to a standstill within five seconds, according to the team's website. In the SpaceX testing, the brakes decelerated the pod from its peak 201-mph speed in 3 seconds. Musk's plans include making the systems entirely self-powered by installing solar panels above the tunnels.

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