Students from Delft University of Technology will compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Weekend I at the SpaceX Hyperloop Test Track in California this week.

During the design phase of the Hyperloop competition last year, the Delft team won the “Pod Innovation Award” for its groundbreaking design. The team’s strong showing then, propelled it to the next round of competition and now a year later, Delft University of Technology’s pod will compete head-to-head with 28 other teams from the United States and abroad.

Elon Musk revealed the concept of the Hyperloop, a radical form of high-speed transportation, in 2013. Since then, the company has been committed to spurring the creative process behind building actual pods.

SpaceX created the hyperloop competition for university students and independent engineering teams to design and build the best Hyperloop pod.

Delft University of Technology took up the challenge. Innovation and sustainability are part of the Dutch DNA. The Delft Hyperloop pod is built on a scale of 1:2, can seat eight people, and reach speeds up to 1,200 km/h. Their lightweight pod weighing, 149 kg/ 328 lbs, uses magnets to float through transport tubes. The Dutch pod also uses magnets for its braking and stabilization systems.

From January 22-26, the teams will participate in the test week of the competition. The actual competition takes place January 27- 28. On January 29, the winners of the competition will be announced and all competing teams will be available to meet with press at Media Day.

Members of the media wishing to attend Media Day, should email

For questions or to arrange interviews with the Dutch team, media should contact Marleen van de Kerkhof.

Follow the Dutch team on Facebook and Twitter, Follow the competition using the hashtags #breakapod and #delfthyperloop.