http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...oating-train-hits-375mph-latest-test-run.html Less than a week since it smashed its previous speeds, the so-called Japanese bullet train has entered the record books once more. The seven-car Maglev - short for 'magnetic levitation' - hit a top speed of 375mph (603 km/h) and travelled for almost 11 seconds at speeds above 373mph (600km/h) during a test run near Mount Fuji. The run beat last week's speeds of 366mph (590kph), which in turn beat the train's previous 12-year record of 361mph (581km/h). The train is able to go this fast because it makes use of a charge to lift and move it above a guideway. It hovers four inches (10cm) above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets. The technology promises a ride that's smoother, quieter and almost twice as fast as traditional high-speed rail.