China's new ultra-high-speed maglev train rolled off the assembly line on Tuesday, July 20, a report by Chinese news agency Xinhua explains.
That doesn't mean it's the fastest land vehicle to have ever existed. As a point of reference, the land speed record for a supersonic car is held by Thrust SSC, at 763.035 mph (1,277.985 km/h), which is the predecessor to Bloodhound's supersonic car.
HyperloopTT also recently announced that its HyperPort will eventually carry cargo at "airplane speeds" of 372 mph (600 km/h).
According to the High Speed Rail Alliance, the record for the world's fastest operational train is held by the French TGV at 357.2 mph (574.8 km/h).
With hyperloop technologies still in the testing phase, maglev trains currently set the operational standard for high-speed grounded public transport. In China and Japan, the fastest maglev trains currently carry passengers at 268 miles per hour (431 km/h).
As rail is also a greener mode of transport than cargo shipping and airplanes — carbon emissions from a mile of railway transport are 80 percent lower than those of the same distance traveled by car — many are predicting a resurgence in rail amid new regulations to tackle climate change.