Scientists in China are working on a new maglev system which they believe could achieve remarkable speeds via the use of enclosed low-pressure tubes.

The project, led by Dr Deng Zigang from the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory of Southwest Jiaotong University, involves placing a maglev vehicle within a sealed vacuum tube, in order to radically enhance velocity via the reduction of air pressure and related drag. Maglevs are among the fastest mass transit systems in existence, achieving their remarkable speeds via the use…