WARR Hyperloop Wins The Top Prize In Elon Musk Annual Pod Compeitition

WARR hyperloop Fulfills Musk vision.
WARR hyperloop Fulfills Musk vision.

SpaceX owned by Elon Musk usually host an annual pod competition which attracts different teams of different schools to come wonderful pitch ideas. This year’s edition that held late Sunday, a German engineering team came up with a bright pitch. The pitch was about a hyperloop hat trick they have put up, and it’s called WARR hyperloop. The team is from the Technical University of Munich took home the top prize — and set a new record — with their self-propelled pod reaching a high speed of 284 mph (457 km/h).

WARR hyperloop Fulfills Musk vision.
WARR hyperloop Fulfills Musk vision.

WARR hyperloop was one team that stood out amongst many other incredible groups. They were tasked with developing a pod to travel down the 1.2-kilometer (0.75-mile) tube, as part of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s vision for a futuristic, high-speed transportation system. The pod that reached the maximum speed would be crowned the winner. The only other requirement was that all pods be self-propelled. In addition to WARR, the other qualifying teams were Delft University from the Netherlands and EPF Loop from Switzerland. The good news is this is the third time that WARR hyperloop is going home with the top prize. Diverse engineering students from around the world gathered to share their views on the vision of ultrafast tube based travel as Elon Musk has always wished and mentioned. The event had the vibe of a Musk-inspired summer music festival, with food trucks lining Jack Northrop Avenue and sunburned university students playing ping-pong, cornhole, and SpaceX-branded Jenga.

WARR hyperloop as a team had a nice prototype. The team’s prototype pod comfortably beat submissions from the other three teams. The 154-pound (70kg) carbon fiber pod is powered by a 50kW electric motor and features pneumatic friction brakes that allow the pod to come to a standstill within five seconds, according to the team. The major difference this time around was the absence of a SpaceX “pusher” vehicle to help propel the pods down the tube. Instead, all pods needed to be self-propelled. The team additionally went home with two innovation prizes in respect of their ambitious nature which includes the team’s prototype pod comfortably beat submissions from the other three teams. The 154-pound (70kg) carbon fiber pod is powered by a 50kW electric motor and features pneumatic friction brakes that allow the pod to come to a standstill within five seconds, according to the team. The major difference this time around was the absence of a SpaceX “pusher” vehicle to help propel the pods down the tube. Instead, all pods needed to be self-propelled.

SpaceX is not affiliated with any of the startups currently working to build a real hyperloop, but the super-fast transportation system is still close to Musk’s heart. Musk proposed that for a trip of LA to San Francisco that could take about 30minutes, he suggested it could be in lesser time. Musk has also said he wants to build a hyperloop between New York City and Washington, DC. This is the first opportunity to create a new mode of transport,” he said. “That’s really what this competition is about: things that could radically transform cities and the way people get around.”

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