800mph trips on hyperloop

A BILLIONAIRE inventor yesterday unveiled his plan for near-supersonic travel in a tube from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Design | How "hyperloop" might look. (Image | Financial Post)
Design | How “hyperloop” might look. (Image | Financial Post)

PayPal founder Elon Musk revealed the ambitious scheme for the 760mph train — powered by magnets and fans — which would cost around £4billion.

Elon, who developed the Tesla electric car, claimed passengers could make the 380-mile trip in capsules in just 30 MINUTES.

But the entrepreneur, 42, claimed to be “too busy” to develop the solar-powered “hyperloop” himself.

Mr Musk said it would be faster, safer, cheaper and more efficient than a high-speed rail link being built between the cities.

He said: “Short of figuring out teleportation, which would be awesome, the only option is a tube over or under the ground.” He believes a demo would take four years.

Article written by Ben Jackson, environment editor at The Sun, and sub edited by myself. 

Originally published in The Sun on Wednesday August 14 2013.


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