New 'Hyper Chariot' Train Will Take You From London To Edinburgh In 8 Minutes

Rival to Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' could be with us as early as 2040

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Britain's train network is hardly its pride and joy, but allow us to indulge a little fantasy for a moment brought on by the announcement of a new transportation system in development called the 'Hyper Chariot'.

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The brilliantly named project could mean that as early as 2040, passengers will be able to travel between London and Edinburgh in eight minutes, at a speed of 4,000mph. That's five times the speed of sound.

In the plans, self-driving, tube-like carriages will whizz through airless tunnels going from 0 to 1,000mph in a just 60 seconds – and it will, in theory at least, be completely safe.

Not only that, but Hyper Chariot will be good for the environment according to the company, who said: "The entire transport system will be energy self-sufficient thanks to the use of solar panels mounted on the outside of the tunnels, and an ingenious method of recapturing the energy used to accelerate the pods through linear regenerative braking."

Although similar in concept to Elon Musk's Hyperloop Alpha, announced by the tech pioneer in 2013, Hyper Chariot's founder and CEO Nick Garzilli claims their vision is even smarter.

"[Musk] and I both share the same vision of electrifying the earth," he said.

"But with Hyper Chariot leading the field, we can do it in a much more elegant and efficient way.

"Hyper Chariot's network will provide the personalised mobility of a car without the headaches of traffic and parking. Also you'll no longer have to wait with large groups of people for a bus, train or plane.

"Hyper Chariot can be integrated into the existing road infrastructure at much less cost and disruption to existing services while providing more value to users."

The best bit? The company claim the aforementioned trip between Scotland and the capital will only cost £100 – that's less than it costs right now to spend five hours, if you're lucky, in an overcrowded train, quite probably with no working toilet and broken air-con.

Bring on the future, we say.