Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept is aimed at transporting passengers and freight in pods at speeds of up to 1,200 kilometres per hour through vacuum tubes.
As part of SpaceX’s global competition for universities, the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich is building a transportation pod. GF, which is involved in the project through its division GF Automotive, is supporting the team both as main sponsor and by developing and manufacturing a lightweight aluminium component of the pod’s chassis, according to a company statement.
An expert jury will decide in August 2017 which project will gain admission to the testing circuit in California.
GF Automotive manufactures lightweight cast components and systems made of ductile aluminium, magnesium and iron. When used in vehicles, its components can reduce CO2 emissions.