China's super-rapid test train

China has produced a super-rapid test train capable of reaching speeds of up to 310 miles per hour – 100mph faster than the current train.

China's super-rapid test train



The train is designed to resemble an ancient Chinese sword and made from plastic materials reinforced with carbon fiber.

The high-speed train has a maximum power of 22,800 kilowatts, compared with 9,600 kilowatts for the Beijing-Shanghai CRH380 trains.

China's super-rapid test train

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The test unit is part of China’s trillion dollar effort effort to build 13,000 km of high-speed rail network by 2012, and about 20,000 km by 2020.