The idea of ‘speed’ is a feeling of thrill, for most of us. Ever since the earliest humans observed the speed that soaring birds possessed, the velocity of things that go really, really fast has remained an obsessive fascination. A published study from 2009 called ‘Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes’ reveals an interesting phenomenon: when one experiences extreme speed – whether from a wild roller-coaster ride, a high-end sports car, or through the acceleration of a Learjet, one will feel the effects of a sudden spurt of the adrenaline hormone. This hormone affects blood pressure, heart-rate, body temperature and even causes a tingling sensation in one’s limbs. With that being true, one can only imagine how any one of us would feel if we could experience one or more of the three fastest means of transportation, known to mankind.
Buckle your seat-belts and let your fantasies, flow. Here are three of the absolute fastest means, by which, one can travel from Point A to Point B.
Fastest on Land– By Car
Ever hear of ‘Bugatti’? Most of us haven’t – it is a very exclusive automotive manufacturer based in France that fabricates the absolute best cars on Planet Earth. The cars with the Bugatti name are ahead of their time; and they represent the most powerful, fastest, most-exclusive super-sports cars, imaginable. Two beauties from the century-old Bugatti line are holders of world-recognized speed records – the Super Sport maintains a top speed of almost 268 miles/hour; and the Grand Sport Vitesse is the world’s fastest production roadster, which achieves a dynamic speed of just over 253 miles/hour – with the roof down – can you imagine?
Fastest in the Air – By Plane
To the surprise of many, commercial airliners do not travel faster that some smaller, private jets. A commercial passenger jet will reach speeds between 545 to 575 miles per hour which makes one wonder: Just how fast does the fastest private jet, go? – meet the Cessna Citation X! This little beauty which hails out of Wichita, Kansas’ Cessna Aircraft Company is recognized as the fastest private jet on the market. It achieves a top speed of 711 miles per hour – imagine being able to travel from NYC to LA in under 5 hours!
If you have a cool $21 million (give or take), you can own one of these high-end jets which seats 8 passengers and possesses two turbo-fan Rolls Royce engines in addition to Honeywell Primus 2000 autopilot avionics. The Cessna Citation X has a service ceiling of 51,000 feet; and at maximum load, it can travel 3250 nautical miles – wow!
Fastest in a Tube – By Train
This will blow your mind: Meet the Hyperloop. The Hyperloop is designed as a solar-powered train system capable of traveling at 1200 kilometers an hour – that translates into 760 mph and would come close to traveling at the speed of sound! It could be compared to a roller-coaster ride that has no loops and travels, only, horizontally. Electromagnets, coupled with very low air-pressure inside a streamlined tube, are designed to work together to propel the train to make the magic happen. The low air-pressure is key since it creates minimized air-friction; and the train would not have to combat air resistance that conventional vehicles experience at high speeds. Passengers would, actually, be positioned in floating pods that rest on a cushion of air; and they would experience what has been described as a “cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air-hockey table”.
Hyperloop is intended to harvest the endless power of the sun, keeping costs for passengers, low. It is being estimated that a Hyperloop ticket from San Francisco to LA should hover around $20. Hyperloop’s eco-friendliness is anther huge plus when compared to gas-guzzling, on-road vehicles and commercial airliners. Solar panels, atop the tube casing, would produce all the solar energy the Hyperloop would, ever, need to operate.
How does traveling at warp speed from San Francisco to Los Angeles, in a mere half-hour, sound? That would be HALF the time it would take a commercial plane; and by car, that same trek takes about 8 hours. A test track for the Hyperloop is, currently, being utilized in a Nevada desert, north of Las Vegas. It is, here, where engineers are working on quality-control by eliminating glitches as well as perfecting designs. The first truly-operational Hyperloop in the US is anticipated for 2020; and companies in other countries, including Russia, are working on bringing the Hyperloop concept to fruition, as well.