Elon Musk’s Boring Company is launching a new competition to see teams bore tunnels and the goal is to beat a snail’s pace.
Although the Boring Company has many projects already under way, it is still working to build better tunnel-boring technology.
The symbolic purpose is to beat a snail’s pace, which in reality is much harder than it sounds.
The Boring Company announced today a new, tunnel-boring competition to promote creativity in order to achieve this goal:
This competition challenges teams to come up with tunneling solutions and answer the question, ‘Can you beat the snail?’ The Boring Company is gauging interest from everyone (students, companies, hobbyists, etc.) from around the world to design, build, and race their own tunneling solution at The Boring Company’s Dig-a-Factory in the first Not-a-Boring Competition in Spring 2021.
More specifically, the teams must compete to bore a 30-meter tunnel with a 0.2 square meter cross-sectional area (equivalent to a 0.5-meter-diameter circle).
There will be three categories:
- Fastest to complete tunnel
- Fastest to complete tunnel and a driving surface (we will drive a Tesla remote-controlled car through the tunnel)
- Most accurate guidance system — how far away is the tunnel from its target?
They’re going to have a remote-controlled Tesla vehicle as a tool to judge the driving surfaces built by the different teams.
The competition is in the same vein as SpaceX’s hyperloop competition, which is not happening this year.
Musk revealed earlier this month that the company is working on a longer vacuum tunnel for a new version of the series, and also discussed today’s latest tunnel-boring competition:
Teams interested in the new “Not-a-Boring Competition” can apply here.
In the meantime, the Boring Company is completing its Loop tunnel system at the Las Vegas Convention Center and expanding it to the rest of the city.
Reported by Electrek.
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