On July 21, 2019, Elon Musk and SpaceX hosted the Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles (USA) for the fourth time. Teams from more than 20 Universities worldwide prepared and tested their concepts for that most important event of this year's competition.
During the test week in Los Angeles, the Swissloop team of ETH Zurich passed all mechanical, electrical and vacuum tests as well as the External Subtrack Test. The successful test run in the Open Tube finally qualified the Pod for the final run on 21 July 2019, together with 3 other teams from the 20 qualified teams.
At the final competition, “Claude Nicollier” reached a maximum velocity of 252 km/h and climbed to 2nd place! In addition, the team received the Innovation Award for its linear induction motor and inverter. We are proud to have supported the students with the heatsink, a component that is part of the inverter.
Congratulations to the Swissloop Team for their 2nd place!