The Hyperloop project begins the construction of a test track in France, near Toulouse, the first out of the USA. The first tests in real conditions are planned for this end of the year on a track of 320 meters in length.

Hyperloop, the other project in which Elon Musk is involved and dedicated to revolutionizing long-haul ground transportation, continues to grow. The Transportation Technologies division, in charge of the construction of tubes allowing the capsules to circulate, announces the beginning of the construction of a test track in France near Toulouse.

France, first country of tests outside the USA

The first part, 320 meters long, will be completed this year. Then, the second part that will be completed in 2019 will bring this distance to 1 km, with tubes raised by towers of 5.8 meters in height. To carry out the first tests, a capsule currently under construction in Spain by Carbides will be shipped this summer. France is therefore the third test site for Hyperloop TT, but also the first place outside the United States. In effect, the first test tracks are installed in the desert north of Las Vegas, and next to the headquarters of SpaceX in Hawthorne, California.

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”  Five years ago, we set out to solve the most pressing problems of transportation: efficiency, comfort and speed. Today, we are taking a big step forward to start achieving this goal, “said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop TT. ”  Hyperloop is more than just a quick acceleration demonstration and more than just a speed record. The real opportunity is to create an efficient and safe system with an unparalleled travel experience. “

Slow development, but certain

This news indicates that the company is continuing its development towards a goal of large-scale construction. Eventually, the company promises to transport passengers and goods to more than 1,100 km / h, on several continents. By then, the company will still have several years of research, development and construction to achieve this. But the company has something to achieve its goals, including its 800 engineers from various large partner companies involved in the project, such as NASA, Boeing, Tesla or SpaceX.