Japan's train industry may have made headlines in recent months for its hybrid fuel experiments, but its true historical claim has been the high-speed performance that made its "bullet trains" famous decades ago with speeds up to 186 mph.
The country is continuing that tradition today with the "N700 Series Shinkansen" line. A prototype of the train, which was just unveiled publicly, runs at about the same speeds as its predecessors but has one major difference: It tilts. The one-degree difference allows a 16-car train to maintain speeds of 167 mph even as it makes its way around curves, according to Fareastgizmos.
With a ride like that, who needs a $300,000 simulator?