Hyperloop pod competition victor hits a top speed of 200mph

"Two hundred miles per hour for a student-built pod is incredible", Musk said after announcing the results to a crowd gathered by the track outside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

Although Musk initially proposed the idea in 2013 and his companies performed some early engineering work, Musk described it as an "open-source" concept, and invited others to jump on the idea and develop it.

In January, SpaceX held its first Hyperloop Competition for students to test prototypes of pods.

But Musk's SpaceX campus in Hawthorne will be the focus of the Hyperloop world Sunday as it hosts the Hyperloop Pod Competition. The winning team, WARR Hyperloop from the Technical University of Munich, again took top prize in the second Hyperloop Pod Competition, which was held between August 25 and 27.

The pod is a prototype, as SpaceX's test tube is a mere 6 feet (1.8 meters) in diameter. Musk also runs electric carmaker Tesla. The team that could hit the highest maximum speed would win.

Remember the ambitious Hyperloop project, meant to propel passengers down tubes at high speeds to beat the limitations of road, rail and all the other transportation types we already have? 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.


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