Hyperloop Upv

About Us

We at Hyperloop UPV are a Spanish team of students from the Technical University of Valencia, who are designing the Hyperloop, a futuristic train concept that could travel at more than 1000 kph with renewable energies. After taking part in the competition organized by SpaceX (Elon Musk’s company) in Texas in January 2016, we were awarded two prizes, the 'Top Design Concept' and 'Best Propulsion Subsystem' in a competition with over a hundred other teams from some of the most prestigious universities in the world (MIT, Standford, Purdue, UC-Berkeley, TU DELFT...). UPV Hyperloop was one of only 3 European teams that received an award.

Space-X announced that they will continue celebrating these contests yearly to boost development of the technology; the next big dates are January 2017 and Summer 2017. After our success in Texas, the Hyperloop UPV team has been invited to participate at a January event in Los Angeles, where we will be showcasing our 'rail-­free' levitation system. Strategically, we have also increased the team size from 5 to over 30 paticipants. Yet our objectives are more ambitious:​ to build a full Hyperloop prototype for the California competition which will be held in the Summer of 2017.


  • Makers UPV team created. Oct 2015
    In October 2015 five students from the Polytechnic University of Valencia joined together to compete in the Design Weekend Competition organized by Space-X.
  • Team designs hyperloop concept. Dec 2015
    The initial team was composed of five members: Daniel Orient, Juan Vicén, David Pistoni , Germán Torres, Ángel Benedicto, and Professor Vicente Dolz.
  • Team presents concept in Texas. Jan 27 2016
    UPV Hyperloop is awarded Top Design Concept and Best propulsion Subsystem prizes.Against all odds and against the best Universities in the world, the team managed to pull ahead and claimed victory in these two categories.
  • Fundraising. Jun 2016
    Team starts partnering with companies in Spain and abroad, raising support and the means to participate in the next phase of the competition. The objective: build a prototype and take it to Texas in the summer of 2017, where Space-X has a 1.8km test-track.
  • Team Expansion. Sep 2016
    Team expands to over 30 members, recruiting the brightest and most motivated students from the Technical University of Valencia: a required step in order to build the prototype.
  • Pod Competition I. Jan 2017
    After the Design Weekend, the team participated in Competition Weekend I (January 27-29, 2017).
  • Finalizing Design April 2017
    Building and designing prototype ! The team is concentrating on building the prototype for the Hyperloop Pod Competition II.
  • Building Pod June 2017
    Building prototype ! The team is concentrating on building the prototype for the Hyperloop Pod Competition II.
  • Hyperloop Pod Competition II Aug 2017
    Team participated in the Hyperloop Pod Competition II. Chosen among more than 200 teams. Here the team placed among the best with a top 10 placement.
  • Hyperloop Pod Competition III Sep 2017
    Team signed up to be part of the next competition. With new team members and using the experience gained in August the team hopes to design and build the fastest hyperloop to date.
  • Preliminary Design Pack Dec 2017
    The team passed the first phase of the Hyperloop Pod competition. Space-X approved the PDB. This document outlined the preliminary design the pod that the team hopes to build.

Future Events

  • Final Design Pack Jan 2018
    With continued support from partners, the team hopes to pass to the next phase. The Final Design Pack is the document that outlines the final design of the Pod that the team hopes to take to Space-X.
  • Hyperloop Pod Competition III Aug 2018
    The hyperloop pod competition III will be held in Los Angeles at the Space-X headquarters