The magnetic levitation trains exclude influences of the friction caused by ordinary rail-wheel contact, so the engineers should worry only about the friction from the air. So the aerodynamics is the reason why this train looks so futuristic. The front car is 92 ft (28 m) long, the aerodynamic nose took the front 45 feet of it. Behind that is seating for 24 passengers, and the rest of the train will consist of another 13 cars, with a total capacity for 864 seating passengers.

Maglev trains use magnetic repellence to lift the train above the track, eliminating friction. The picture above shows the first production prototype of the train that will carry passengers between Tokyo and Nagoya. Like any maglev, the train needs a special track that allows it to levitate slightly, negating the majority of the friction that traditional trains have to overcome and making amazing speeds possible. It gets top speed of 311 mph, or 500 km/h. With such speed the distance between Tokyo and Nagoya will be passed in 40 minutes, which is twice faster than a conventional bullet train.

Building the new section of maglev railway will start in 2014, but this train will start carrying its first passengers in 2027. But building won’t stop and till 2045 Japan’s maglev railway will be extended to Osaka.

via: [dvice.com]