Japan’s maglev train just broke its own speed record by hitting 374 mph. Maglev is short for magnetic levitation. Electro-magnets cushion the train four inches above the track surface, allowing it to ride faster and smoother than a conventional train.
A spokesperson said the train spent 10.8 seconds traveling above 374 mph (600 km) during which it covered 1.1 miles (1.8 kilometers). CNN reporter, Wilfred Chann, pointed out that’s “nearly 20 football fields in the time it took you to read the last two sentences.”
Compare that to a Formula 1 car, which can achieve 240 mph on straightaways.
In the US, our own Amtrak has an Express that is supposed to hit 150 mph, but it averages 65 due to aging track infrastructure. Good news, that’s more time to spend in the club car!
News Source: ODN via YouTube