Elon Musk's Boring Company staged a race between a Tesla in a tunnel and on the road — and the winner was clear
- The Boring Company released dashcam footage of two Tesla's racing each other - one using the roads, another using a Boring Company tunnel.
- The car using the tunnel won the race by more than three minutes, after the car above ground got stuck in traffic.
- The video reveals that the Boring Company has done away with a key element of the tunnel's original design - rails that guide the car.
- Boring Company CEO Elon Musk has said he created the company to solve LA's "soul-destroying" traffic.
- Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Less than 24 hours after news broke that Elon Musk's Boring Company landed its first tunnel-building project in Las Vegas, it released a video of two Teslas racing - one using the roads, the other a Boring Company tunnel.
The Tesla which takes the tunnel takes 1 minute and 36 seconds to reach the destination, reaching 200kph. The car using the roads arrives after 4 minutes and 44 seconds, after getting stuck at a red light.
You can watch the race here:
The race took place in LA, where the Boring Company has its Hawthorne 1.8 kilometre-long test tunnel. The video revealed that a key element of the tunnel's design has changed.
This demonstration of the tunnel differed from earlier ones in which cars were whisked along on rails.
Replying to a tweet which asked whether there were no more rails and the car was just driving on autopilot, Musk said: "Pretty much." When asked why the original rail system had been abandoned, Musk added: "This is simple and just works."
Previously the CEO has said he hopes the tunnels can let people escape LA's "soul-destroying" traffic. Musk showed off the inside of the tunnel in December by taking CBS anchor Gayle King for a ride at a much more sedate 20 mph.
Musk announced on Wednesday that the Boring Company's first commercial project - building a one-mile long connecting two ends of the Las Vegas Convention Center - will be completed by the end of this year.
Receive a single WhatsApp every morning with all our latest news: click here.
Also from Business Insider South Africa:
- You can now transfer your Vitality rewards to Multiply - here's how else Momentum wants to attract clients
- Watch: Elon Musk's company has just launched 60 satellites that can provide most of the Earth with high-speed internet access
- Sasol's shock slump has wiped out billions - but it's not even among the 10 biggest one-day falls on the JSE
- Botswana is re-legalising hunting elephants because it says they're causing chaos by killing livestock and fighting with people
- ‘Sad rather than worrying.’ Here’s why Netcare’s CEO had to dump R200 million in shares
- This is why Walmart is sending an American heavy hitter to fix Makro and Game