SpaceX’s 1.25-kilometer track at the company’s Hawthorne, California headquarters had all prospective SpaceX Hyperloop pods lined up for their turn. This is the third time, the WARR student team from the Technical University of Munich won the competition. They manage to beat their teams earlier record of 200 mph which they set last year in August. This time they clocked 290 mph.
This year was the third edition of the Hyperloop Pod competition held to promote building working prototypes of SpaceX’s high-speed transit system. Since it has been organized WARR has been unbeatable. You can notice their progress in leaps and bounds ever since they first started their journey back in January 2017.
We’re excited to announce that our team WARR Hyperloop is the winner of the 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition!!!!!
We managed to go almost 50% faster than last year, reaching a final speed of 467 km/h (290 mph)!
We’d like to sincerely thank all our sponsors! pic.twitter.com/YpPTURnHp5
— WARR Hyperloop (@WARR_Hyperloop) July 23, 2018
The other competitors who have been runner-ups were Delft University from the Netherlands with speeds reaching 88 mph and EPFLoop from Switzerland reaching speeds of 53 mph. Both teams managed to advance from a pool of 20 student teams from over 40 countries.
The challenge for competitors has increased from the past years as earlier they were allowed to give their pod a boost from a SpaceX made pusher vehicle. This time around things was different as all crafts had to self-propel from the start. Apart from this challenge they also have to coup with the levitation competition where the craft has to be kept aligned while they hover over the track for some length of time. All the craft need to pass tests and inspections for safety, including in vacuum chambers.