China unveiled a futuristic “levitating” train on Tuesday that has a top speed of 373 miles per hour — making it the fastest ground vehicle in the world.
By comparison, Tesla’s Model S Plaid — which the company bills as the fastest production car in the world — tops out at just 200 mph.
The Chinese train uses “maglev” technology, meaning electromagnetic forces allow the train to levitate above the track with no contact between body and rail. The lack of friction lets the train reach blistering speeds.
China has tested maglev technology on a limited scale for two decades, but has not yet constructed long-distance lines that would work with the new train, which state media said is a prototype that will be used for research.
At 373 mph, it would take just 2½ hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai — a journey of more than 620 miles that currently takes three hours by plane.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Theo Wayt