Elon Musk’s Boring Company drops the idea of electric sleds, releases Model 3 tunnel race video
Racing in a Tesla Model 3 at 127 mph (204 km/h) inside The Boring Company tunnel is super crazy but it is the fastest most hassle-free route from the SpaceX HQ to 120th street corner in Los Angeles, CA — the latest video from the company just shows that but wait… something’s missing? Yes, the super-fast electric sled, it’s gone for good.
After watching the latest Boring Company video, someone asked Elon Musk on Twitter about the electric sleds and he replied: “This is simple and just works”.
Looks like, after much experimentation, The Boring Company and Elon Musk realized the ‘electric sleds’ were just too costly and time-consuming to set up, maybe not the sled itself but the rails stretching the entire tunnel, later on, maintenance costs would also be a burden.
Last year, The Boring Company also experimented with modified Tesla vehicles that were able to use the metal rails to transit the tunnel in super-fast speeds, but due to the engineering complexities involved, that idea seems to have been abandoned as well.
But traveling inside a tunnel at 127 mph (204 km/h) is not bad at all, in the following video, a Tesla Model 3 crosses The Boring Company’s 1.14 mile (~1.83 km) test tunnel in 1 minute 36.2 seconds that includes entry and exit via the car elevator and parking times — while the other Model 3 on the road is still stuck in traffic, see side-by-side comparison.
The Tesla Model 3 covering the distance via the traditional route reaches the destination 2 mins and 8 seconds late, the tunnel saved a lot of time and time is money!
The Boring Company news has been slow in the past year, about 2 years ago Elon Musk’s tunneling venture earned the approval to build Hyperloop tunnels from New York to Washington D.C. — but the project seems to have halted due to some unknown reasons.
The latest development of guide rail removal from the Hawthorne test tunnel seems a practical step from Elon Musk and The Boring Company, stay tuned…
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