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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition sees German team breach 320kph

WARR Hyperloop from the Technical University of Munich created the fastest pod

It was simple - the fastest pod wins.

And so WARR Hyperloop from the Technical University of Munich was crowned winner of SpaceX's second Hyperloop Pod competition with a pod which weighed in at a mere 80kg and ran on a 50kw motor.

Twenty-four teams took part in the event at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, where they had to send their prototype pod down the 1.2km tube as fast as possible.

Team Warr's prototype reached an impressive 201mph (323kph) - more than triple the speed of the runner-up, Paradigm Hyperloop, from Northeastern University and Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Elon Musk, the Hyperloop creator, later tweeted that he believes a pod could go supersonic in the test tube.

Hyperloop One is proposing a fast-transport link for the UAE, and claims it will achieve speeds of around 1,000 kph when fully operational.

This means a journey between Abu Dhabi and Dubai would take just 12 minutes.

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