The future is loopy: meet the guys taking up Musk’s super-train challenge
This Dutch team have very little money, but they’re big players in the quest for vacuum-assisted maglev transport
From mind-reading machines to colonies on Mars, no idea is too ambitious or eccentric for Elon Musk. But it is the billionaire Tesla founder’s concept of a “hyperloop” to end traffic jams that has perhaps drawn the greatest scepticism.
In 2013 he outlined his vision for a magnetic levitation train that would fire passengers in pods at speeds of up to 1,126km/h. While many dismissed it as a pipe dream, the proposal captured the imagination of a select group of engineers around the world who believed the concept could one day become a reality.
One of those ventures is Dutch start-up Hardt Hyperloop (https://hardt.global/) based in the quaint medieval town of Delft. Its narrow canals and bicycles may seem far removed from Musk’s original dream of a Silicon Valley hyperloop, but here a team of university graduates have taken to his vision with gusto...