Ever since Elon Musk shared his blueprints for the hyperloop – a revolutionary transport system that has the potential to shuttle humans at speeds of more than 1,200 km/h (746 mph) – the engineering community has been in overdrive, with hyperloop prototypes popping up all over the place. And now Musk has put up footage of a test pod accelerating to 324 km/h (201 mph) over the space of just a few seconds, and… well, we’ll let you watch for yourself, because it’s pretty spectacular stuff.
The competition was held at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and this design – known as the WARR Hyperloop – was created by a team of 30 students from The Technical University of Munich in Germany.
The WARR Hyperloop pod is powered by a 50 kW electric motor, is made from carbon fibre, and weighs just 80 kg (176 pounds).
It beat out rival teams to achieve the fastest speed on the day – and Musk believes the test tube they were competing in could allow hyperloop pods to smash the speed of sound in future. Impressive, right? Here’s the footage of the full run: