Japan unveils super fast 310 mph 'floating' train
Japan has unveiled its new high-speed, magnetic levitation trains that have been designed to operate at speeds of over 310mph.
The front car of the Series L0 maglev measures nearly 92 feet long, of which 49 feet forms an aerodynamic nose section, and is fitted with 24 seats.
A full 16-carriage train will be able to carry 1,000 passengers, the Telegraph reports.
Designed by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), the state-of-the-art trains are scheduled to go into use in 2027 and link Shinagawa Station, in central Tokyo, with Nagoya.
At present, it takes 90 minutes for a conventional 'shinkansen' bullet train to complete the journey between the two stations, but the new technology will cut the trip to 40 minutes.
According to the report, the vehicle has no wheels and is propelled along a track through electromagnetic pull.
Japan will be the first nation to build a large-scale maglev route and hopes to be able to export the technology once it has been perfected, the report said.