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German students win Hyperloop Pod competition after reaching 200 mph

German students win Hyperloop Pod competition after reaching 200 mph


WARR Hyperloop claims top prize at second Space X competition

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A team of 30 students from Germany won the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition on Sunday, with their prototype pod reaching a speed of 324 kilometers per hour (201 miles per hour).

The team, named WARR Hyperloop, was one of three finalists to participate in Sunday’s competition, held at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. The teams were tasked with developing a prototype pod to travel down a 1.2-kilometer (0.75-mile) tube, as part of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s vision for a Hyperloop high-speed transport system. The pod that reached the highest maximum speed would be crowned the winner.

WARR’s prototype, a lightweight, carbon-fiber pod, comfortably beat submissions from the two other teams, whose members hailed from Switzerland, Canada and the US. 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.

The team from Munich Technical University also won the prize for fastest pod at the first Hyperloop Pod competition in January, when its prototype reached a speed of 58 mph. 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.