China has officially reclaimed the title for world’s fastest train.
Come September 21, new bullet trains will be blazing their way across China at speeds of up to 400 km/h (248 mph).
Consider this China’s comeback, after a two-train collision in 2011 that killed 40 people. The top speed at the time was 350 km/h, but authorities throttled them to 300 km/h after the fatal accident.
The new trains will be returning to the 350 km/h speed, but according to state news outlet Xinhua, they’re capable of going even faster, at a maximum speed of 400 km/h.
To put that into context, here are some things that are slower than China’s new bullet trains:
(1) The Hyperloop One (so far)
The Hyperloop One, which is still in development, reached a speed record of 308 km/h (191 mph) earlier this year.
But stay tuned, it hopes to eventually hit its planned mark of 1,200 km/h in the future.
(2)A McLaren F1 car
The McLaren F1 XP5 set a world record for the world’s fastest production car in 1998, reaching 386m/h (240 mph). It went on to hold the title for more than a decade.
(3) A Peregrine falcon
Also known as the fastest bird in the world, the Peregrine falcon can go up to a staggering 389km/h (242 mph) when it is diving down to catch prey.