Elon Musk’s The Boring Company Unveils ‘Loop’ Test Tunnel Under LA

Elon Musk and The Boring Company has unveiled a 1.14-mile test tunnel under Los Angeles to preview the billionaire’s planned ‘Loop’ transportation system.

At a glitzy event in Hawthorne, California held in front of a select number of fans and journalists, Musk revealed the completed test tunnel, bathed in colored lights and complete with a Tesla Model X shuttle offering rides along the tunnel’s length. The event also included demonstrations of the car elevators that will transport vehicles from ground level down to the tunnels.

Prior to the event, Musk had claimed that an automonous Model X would be responsible for shuttling attendees. However, the Model X used was instead manually operated and driven by an employee who once raced in the Indy 500, The Los Angeles Times reports. The vehicle traveled along tracks on the tunnel with the help of horizontal wheels that attach to the Model X’s front wheels.

Musk says that adding these wheels during assembly will cost $200 to $300.

Those that attended the event say the SUV was driven at up to 40 mph (64 km/h) before slowing down to 25 mph (40 km/h) towards the end of the tunnel. The ride was also quite bumpy.

“We kind of ran out of time. The bumpiness will not be there down the road. It will be as smooth as glass. This is just a prototype. That’s why it’s just a little rough around the edges,” Musk commented.

The Boring Company says that construction of the tunnel took approximately 18 months and cost roughly $10 million.

The Boring Company has evolved dramatically since its early days. Most significantly, the firm no longer intends on building 16-passenger pods which it said would ferry pedestrians and cyclists through the tunnels. Instead, the Loop will only support electric vehicles with autonomous driving capabilities. Such vehicles will reportedly be able to travel at up to 150 mph (241 km/h) through the tunnels.

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  • kachuks

    At least it only cost $10mill per mile.

    • cbATL

      it’s only a one vehicle land. Most major highways the cost big money have at least six vehicle lanes.

  • charlotteharry57

    If I read another report on this correctly, this segment of the Loop was below HIS OWN property. Do you really think that LA is going to allow this tunnel under the whole city? He’s surprised us before, but… Also, what about earthquakes?

  • jaykit

    Tunnels with colored or flashing lights are his go to dog and pony show.

  • sidewaysspin

    He always makes his ideas work and in record time.

    • Enter Ranting

      Well, except for his idea to rescue a Thai soccer team from a flooded cave by sending a submarine he hadn’t even designed. That idea was less dumb than this tunnel.

  • Knotmyrealname

    The oil companies must hhhaaaaaayyyyyttttteeee him.
    All that braking and acceleration and sitting in traffic taken away from them and eating into their profits. Watch them play their dirty tricks to bring him down in any way they can.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Diesel buses already use this technology in the UK. Why do they need to bring him down? Elon can only dream that Tesla could ever be as profitable as Saudi Aramco, Sinopec, BP, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell or Kuwait Petroleum

  • john1168

    Seems like an epic waste of money to me…

  • Enter Ranting

    Ugh, where to begin with this terrible idea…

  • vanity project, like Florence Foster Jenkins renting Carnegie Hall

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