It uses electromagnetic propulsion to float above the track.
Bugatti set a new performance benchmark when a modified Chiron Super Sport 300+ became the first car to break the mythical 300 mph barrier, achieving a record speed of 304.773 mph. Hennessey vows to beat Bugatti's top speed record with the Venom F5 hypercar and SSC is gunning for a new 300 mph+ speed record in the Tuatara.
However, there is now a new land vehicle that's even faster than any of these hypercars - but it isn't a car. China has unveiled a new maglev bullet train that can reach a top speed of 600 km/h - that's around 373 mph, making it the fastest ground vehicle in the world.
At that speed, it takes just 2.5 hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by train, which covers over 620 miles. For comparison, the same journey takes three hours by plane and 5.5 hours by high-speed rail. These insane speeds are possible thanks to the train's futuristic magnetic levitation technology.
Using electromagnetic propulsion, the train "floats" above the track with no contact between the body and rail, eliminating the need for wheels. As well as increased speed, this has other advantages too as the train will be quieter and require less maintenance than other trains.
Built by the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, the revolutionary maglev train made its public debut in the city of Qingdao, China. It can hold up to ten carriages that can each carry over 100 passengers.
According to Reuters, China only has one maglev line that launched in 2002, extending from the Shanghai airport to the city. Japan and Germany are also researching maglev train technology. China plans to put the high-speed train into service within the next five to ten years. Hopefully, one day we'll get to see the Bugatti Chiron race the maglev train in a Top Gear-style race in the same vein as the Nissan GT-R vs. bullet train race across Japan Top Gear staged over a decade ago.