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Hyperloop One reaches 387 km/h

December 20, 2017.

DevLoop, North Las Vegas.

DevLoop, North Las Vegas. © Virgin Hyperloop One.

Virgin Hyperloop One has announced that its XPI prototype pod has achieved a new record-breaking speed—it was recently clocked at 387 km/h. This speed surpasses the 300 km/h reached by the French TGVs (“train à grande vitesse”, or high-speed train) used commercially in France, but it’s still a far cry from the TGV trial record of 574.8 km/h set in 2007. It’s also slower than the record set in 2015 by a Japanese train using magnetic levitation, which reached speeds of 603 km/h. And it’s nowhere near Virgin’s 1,080 km/h goal, which hopes to see Montreal a 40 minute ride from Toronto, and Las Vegas a short 30 minute jaunt from Los Angeles. The startup, which was originally known as Hyperloop One, recently changed to Virgin Hyperloop One after receiving significant cash infusions from Virgin.

Ars Technica, “Virgin Hyperloop One: Now faster than regular TGV but no rail speed record.”