Actually, it’s more like floating.
A new maglev train capable of traveling at 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour) was shown rolling off the production line by Chinese state-supported media on Wednesday.
The super sleek cars don’t actually contact the rails below them, but just barely levitate above them thanks to electromagnetic forces that both propel the train and eliminate friction by allowing it to hover just above the track.
It’s cited as the fastest ground vehicle available anywhere on the planet, but the current record for fastest train is still held by Japan’s SCMaglev, which hit 603 kilometers per hour during a test in 2015.
Also, certain wild cars like the ThrustSSC, built to chase the land speed record, have traveled over twice as fast in the past.
The new super fast train rolled off the line at a China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) facility in the city of Qingdao in eastern China. It is designed to travel with two to ten cars, each holding over 100 passengers, the project’s chief engineer told Xinhua.
While no timeline has been announced for the train’s introduction into service, the aim is for it to fill the gap for medium range trips within about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles).
CRRC has claimed that the new train will be able to shave two hours off the trip between Beijing and Shanghai.