Hyperloop, the train of the future, could put into operation its first models within 5 years, according to the researchers. – Holden / Hyperloop Techn / Sipa

The hyperloop does not dream that billionaires like Elon Musk or Richard Branson… A small town in the Limousin is preparing to host the longest test track for this project that catapulterait travellers at more than 1,000 mph.

Transpod, a Canadian start-up working to the hyperloop Europe technology development, must table Friday “a request for building permits from the prefecture of The Haute-Vienne” , explains Sébastien Gendron,. co-founder and CEO of the Toronto company, where the company’s headquarters.

“Shine the spotlight of the world on our region.”

If Transpod chose the village of Droux and its 400 inhabitants, about 50 km north of Limoges, that’s because the business was conducted by a group of entrepreneurs and local politicians formed an association end of 2017 to hatch “a”. project innovative and capable to shine the spotlight of the world on our region,”says Vincent Léonie.

The first Deputy Mayor of Limoges and president of the association Hyperloop Limoges is a strong advocate of the technology who wants in a decade “to travel on Earth of humans and goods at the speed of the plane, with the pace. the Metro”, likes to repeat Sébastien Gendron.

A tube on pylons of 3 km to build along a former railroad

Conquered also, the prefect of the Department, Raphaël Le Méhauté, think that “the State must, in this case, be a facilitator, because whether or not the transport of the future, the hypothesis ofa Research Center of this scope can be that. beneficial to the image of this territory and the dynamism of its University.

These are services which must consider the application for building permit from the test track, a tube about three km of straight line pylons to build along a former railroad on land made available by the County Council.

In the future, this high-speed train has the ambition to circulate pressurized capsules, or ‘pod’, in tubes at low pressure to escape aerodynamic friction and come close to the sound barrier.