In 2018, Swissloop competed in the Hyperloop Pod Competition for the second time. Our team developed and built a 3.5m long pod called “Mujinga”. The pod is named after the Swiss athlete Mujinga Kambundji, who currently holds the Swiss records for 100 meter and 60-meter sprints.
Unlike its predecessor Escher, Mujinga is powered by four electric motors. Together, they generate over 540 PS — which is approximately 2.5 times the capacity of a Bugatti sports car. Two batteries provide a total of 700 volts energy, an amount that exceeds 1’500 iPhone batteries.
Although Mujinga did not make it into the final three due to our batteries’ short-circuiting, we were among the twenty teams to be invited to LA to present and test our pods there.