Japanese Maglev Bullet Practice Breaks 12-Yr Velocity Report

A Japanese bullet practice reached a velocity of 366 mph throughout a check run this week, breaking the earlier report of 361 mph set in 2003 — and the practice may break it once more subsequent week. The practice was operating on a check course, and solely technicians have been alongside for the experience. A spokesperson for the corporate informed the Wall Road Journal that one other check run is deliberate for subsequent Tuesday, throughout which higher velocities could also be reached, however probably not by a lot. The quickest-practice report was introduced in a information launch from the Central Japan Railway Firm.

Japanese Maglev Bullet Train Breaks 12-Year Speed RecordJIJI PRESS / AFP – Getty Pictures
The brand new Hokuriku “shinkansen”, or bullet practice, sure for Tokyo heads out of Kanazawa station in Ishikawa prefecture on March 14, 2015.

Japan is legendary for its quick trains, generally known as shinkansen, that are suspended above the "rails" by magnetic drive. Maglev trains can attain exceptionally excessive speeds as a result of there isn’t a contact with the bottom and, consequently, little or no friction. This mannequin is meant for a deliberate Toyko-Nagoya line opening in 2027 that may permit passengers to journey greater than 200 miles in underneath forty minutes — although the highest velocity might be restricted to a pokey 310 mph.

Bullet trains are the quickest mass-transit system, however removed from the quickest land car. The present absolute land velocity document was set in 1997 by the rocket-powered Thrust SSC, which reached 763 mph, breaking the sound barrier.



—Devin Coldewey
First revealed April 17 2015, 12:01 PM