December 27, 2011
China has produced a super-rapid test train capable of travelling at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour – 100mph faster than the current record-holder.
The train, made from plastic materials reinforced with carbon fibre, is designed to resemble an ancient Chinese sword and ‘will provide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations’, according to train expert Shen Zhiyun.
Earlier this year, the Communist regime unveiled its fastest operational locomotive which was able to cover the 824-mile trip between Beijing and Shanghai in five hours – reaching record-breaking top speed of 200mph and maintaining an average speed of 165mph. The latest test model has a maximum tractive power of 22,800 kilowatts, compared with 9,600 kilowatts for the Beijing-Shanghai CRH380 trains.
But future Chinese trains will not necessarily run at such high speeds. CSR chairman Zhao Xiaogang said: ‘We aims to ensure the safety of trains operation.’