TUM Hyperloop Wins Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles for the Fourth Time in a Row

© Andreas Heddergott /TUM

For the fourth time in a row, the Hyperloop team of the Technical University of Munich has won the globally publicized Hyperloop competition. Their pod reached 288 miles per hour (463 km/h) – just under the world record of 290 miles per hour (467 km/h) set by the TUM team in last year’s competition.

 

At 160 miles per hour (257.5 km/h), the Swissloop team of ETH Zurich came in far behind. The EPFLoop team of the EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland) reached 148 miles per hour (238 km/h). The pod of the TU Delft triggered a full stop after 200 meters, following a communication breakdown.

Space X founder Elon Musk introduced the concept of Hyperloops, ultrafast trains that race through an evacuated tube system, in 2013. To advance his idea, he launched the “SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition” in 2015. This year a total of 21 student teams from around the world competed against each other with their prototypes for the Hyperloop cabin capsule, the so-called “Pod.”

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