Japan's 'floating' maglev train sets new world speed record again after hitting 603 kilometres per hour

The magnetically levitated train beat its own record, which it set last Thursday during a test run

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Tuesday 21 April 2015 08:44
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The seven-car maglevtrain returns to the station after setting a new world speed record in a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking more than 600 kilometres (373 miles) an hour
The seven-car maglevtrain returns to the station after setting a new world speed record in a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking more than 600 kilometres (373 miles) an hour

A new train world speed record has been set after Japan’s fastest magnetically levitated train, known as the maglev bullet train, reached a speed of 603 kilometres per hour (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.

The train, which uses electrically charged magnets to levitate its carriages four inches above the tracks, broke its own record on a manned test run carried out on an experimental track, Kyodo News reports.

The company is looking to introduce this new high-speed train in 2027 on services connecting the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya. The distance between the two cities is 280km, but would take only 40 minutes on the high-speed maglev – less than half of the current journey on Japan’s shinkansen bullet trains.

The journey time could be even faster, but the company has said its service will only reach a top speed of 500 km/h, AFP reports.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be visiting the US later this week where is he expected to drum up interest in the new technology within the American market, specifically for a Washington to New York train link, the Washington Post reports.

In the meantime, the company said it will be submitting its new world speed to be listed in the Guinness World Records.

A screen displays the train's speed to its passengers

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