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Elon Musk's Boring Company staged a race between a Tesla in a tunnel and on the road — and the winner was clear

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  • 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.
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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 127 mph. 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 1.14 mile-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.”

Read more: See inside the Boring Company’s first 1.14-mile tunnel, which Elon Musk hopes can solve LA’s “soul-destroying” traffic

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.

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