German students win Hyperloop Pod competition after reaching 200 miles per hour

The Paradigm team is one of 24 still left in the competition which started out with 1,200 submitted designs

The Paradigm team is one of 24 still left in the competition which started out with 1,200 submitted designs. Joe Barnard

On August 27, the third round of Elon Musk's Hyperloop competition was won by the WARR Hyperloop team, a collection of 30 students from Germany's preeminent engineering and technical university in Munich, TUM.

The winning team was called WARR Hyperloop, and was one of three finalists that took part in the competition yesterday. WARR was able to build a prototype pod that could reach 201 miles per hour (324 kilometers per hour).

This track is nearly a vacuum, with most of the air sucked out. The team also won the fastest pod award at January's competition. Hyperloop One, a startup that's pursuing the system for commercial use, reached a top speed of 192 miles per hour in August on its 500-meter test track in Nevada. Beyond being able to transport vehicles on all-electric skates, and people through Tesla "high passenger-density urban transport" vehicles, Musk has said in the past that The Boring Company tunnels will also be able to support a Hyperloop system.

The Paradigm Hyperloop pod was designed by students from Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as students from Northeastern University in Boston. The acceleration and speed are impressive, but the test pod does seem to bounce around slightly, and at the top speeds it is easy to be reminded of some of the runs of the Jamaican bobsled team in Cool Runnings.

The Warr Hyperloop Pod II weighs 80kg and is powered by a 50kW motor providing 40Nm of torque allowing it to accelerate from 0-350km/h in just 12 seconds. The Hyperloop One and the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies are engaged in the project realization.

WARR beat out two other competitors at SpaceX's headquarters in the Los Angeles-area finale. Team member Ben Lippolis said that was Musk's original intention when he released his open-source Hyperloop design plans.

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