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Tesla's Hyperloop 'pusher pod' sets 220MPH speed record

Musk is shooting for 310MPH, half the speed of sound, next month.
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Steve Dent
Steve Dent|@stevetdent|August 31, 2017 9:45 AM

After dropping the idea for the Hyperloop, leaving the development to others, then getting back into the game, Elon Musk is showing a lot more interest in it. He recently held a student competition at his SpaceX headquarters, helping one team hit 201MPH on the 0.77 mile-long track. Now, Telsa itself beat that record with the "pusher pod" vehicle, which hit a new mark of 355 km/h (220MPH), according to an Instagram from Musk.

Musk said that things started to get 🔥 after that (yes, he used the fire emoji), "kind of like racing with a tugboat." However, the team will try again next month with "a few tweaks or maybe tiny pieces," and Musk thinks that 310MPH should be doable. During the student competition, Musk mused that a future team should easily be able to hit 500 to 600MPH on the same track.

Those sound like big boasts, but Musk isn't one for hyperbole, and often tries to tamp down expectations instead. For instance, he has predicted that SpaceX Falcon landing tests will end badly, and believes that the first Falcon Heavy to launch probably won't make it to orbit. Anyway, with Hyperloop now part of his purview along with Tesla and SpaceX, expect Musk's companies to dominate the tech news cycle even more than usual.

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Tesla's Hyperloop 'pusher pod' sets 220MPH speed record