It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, but an eight minute long train journey from London to Edinburgh could one day be a reality.
For those of you who haven’t been, heads up – Edinburgh is a beautiful city. Almost as amazing as ours. But we can’t blame you if you’ve never stepped foot in this bonnie place, as a car journey easily takes up to 7 and a half hours.
Make way for the new Hyper Chariot that sounds magnificent and other-worldly. Well that’s because it really is. The Hyper Chariot uses rollercoaster-type technology to launch car-sized capsules into airless concrete tubes.
Hyper Chariot’s President Matthew Modine states that “we are aiming to bring nothing less than space travel on Earth, connecting cities and even countries in a way never before possible“. I mean, if we can save on the cost of a spaceship and experience the same on Earth, why wouldn’t we?
You can expect to travel through these tubes at a whopping 4,000 mph and will accelerate from 0 to 1,000 mph in just 60 seconds. Quite obviously, passengers will be unable to stand for the duration of the journey, instead reclining in race car-style seating fit for Formula 1 – but as the total journey is quicker than a tube from Oxford Street to Leicester Square, we can’t really complain.
According to their plans, passengers will pay around £100 for their journey, and in the future pods to interchange through a larger network between different cities.
The same journey currently takes four hours by train, 75 minutes by plane and approximately 37 exhausting hours on your bike. With plans for other routes in Australia, Brazil and China, the geniuses behind Hyper Chariot are planning on opening officially in 2021.
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