Japanese Maglev Train Sprints into Record Books at 366 MPH
With a top speed of 267.8 mph there's little dispute that the Bugatti Veyron is one fast car. But compared to the latest Japanese high-speed train... it might as well be standing still. The Central Japan Railway tested a new version of its magnetic levitation high-speed train on Thursday at a test track in Japan's Yamanashi prefecture. The tests apparently went very well, because the maglev train – known as an L0 series train – achieved a stratospheric 590 km/h (366 mph) top speed, in fact topping the company's own record set in 2003. And according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the company believes the current record may only stand for a few days. JR Central will continue testing on Tuesday and could touch the 600 km/h (372 mph) barrier. Check out the L0 series train in this previous test, below. RELATED: Yes, somebody bought part of the Disney World Monorail
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29 JR Central technicians were reportedly the only passengers onboard during the historic run. Members of the public will have to wait for that full-on experience... and wait quite some time. The line is slated to officially open in 2027, admittedly with maximum speeds ratcheted down to 505 km/h (313 mph) at that time.
Japan will begin construction on a high speed rail from Tokyo to Nagoya, a distance of 218 miles by road, which could ferry passengers in only 40 minutes. In the past, JR Central has said it wishes to build a high-speed maglev train in the US from Washington, D.C. to New York City. A company known as The Northeast Maglev is heading-up that initiative in Washington, and claims the DC to NYC trip could take less than an hour.
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