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Jun 21, 2019,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

The Boring Company: Elon Musk organises a race between two Teslas to promote his futuristic tunnel

A video published by The Boring Company on Twitter shows a race between two Tesla Model 3s making the same journey. One goes by road, the other takes a 2.3-kilometre underground tunnel that has been dug by the Elon Musk-run company in California. The result was that the former took around five minutes to get to its destination at the end of the tunnel, while the latter only needed a minute and 18 seconds, hitting a top speed of 204 km/h. The US billionaire was aiming to prove that his innovation is a credible alternative when it comes to significantly reducing traffic jams in large cities.

Photo credits: The Boring Company

The Boring Company, founded by Elon Musk, has published a video on Twitter aiming to demonstrate the time saved by using a tunnel that the firm had dug in California. This 2.3-kilometre underground link-up is located underneath the headquarters of SpaceX, another company created by the ground-breaking businessman, Futura Tech reports. This section of the tunnel is currently used for testing and could provide a solution for traffic jams in large cities, as illustrated by the tweet which The Boring Company posted on 24 May, complete with images.

Speeds of over 200km/h in the tunnel

The two-minute clip shows a screen divided into two to show the race between two Tesla Model 3s making the same journey. The first electric car takes the conventional route via the streets, while the other heads down into the tunnel. The results are indisputable, with the second vehicle arriving at the destination in around a minute and 18 seconds, before parking up and powering down. Its competitor arrives after four minutes and 45 seconds, having taken the traditional route filled with other vehicles and traffic lights. 

The purpose of the experiment is driven home all the more so by the fact that when the tunnel Tesla arrives at its destination after its rapid journey, the other car is still stuck at a red light at which it had to stop mere seconds after getting under way. The video also shows that the second car was able to hit a top speed of 127 miles per hour (204 km/h) on its deserted, delay-free underground path.

Tesla not fitted with wheel-gear in the tunnel

As the specialist website noted however, the vehicle used in the tunnel was not fitted with the guidance system that The Boring Company unveiled in December 2018, namely a wheel-gear which fixes the front wheels, making driving quicker and safer even in narrow environments. The project was to include a system that would be compatible with all types of car that could be run in tunnels.

Musk did not skirt around the absence of wheel-gears on the video. When an Internet user asked him if the Tesla that was seen in the footage had travelled "at 204 km/h in a narrow tunnel purely on autopilot?" without steering aid, the Boring Company founder’s reply was a simple "yeah, pretty much".

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Cover photo credits: The Boring Company

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