New Scotrail electric train beats Lamborghini in “42 minute challenge”

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SCOTRAIL bosses raced a train against a car to put their Edinburgh to Glasgow travel time promise to the test.

The rail operators put together the “42 minute challenge” to see who would triumph – a Lamborghini or one of their Class 385 Express trains.

The two set off from the capital at around 9am with Clyde 1 breakfast show providing regular updates this morning.

Clyde 1 presenters Amber Livingstone and Callum Gallacher took part in the challenge.

Amber took the train that ended in Queen Street whilst Callum was driven by a professional driver in the Lamboghini.

The train ended beating the supercar comfortably by 21 minutes.

The Class 385 Express train comfortably beat the supercar by 21 minutes

Amber said: “Before the challenge started, I was nervous when I saw Callum’s Lamborghini pull up, but I shouldn’t have been. The train was a breeze. I got my breakfast and put my feet up.” 

Callum added: “I honestly believed there was no way I could have lost this challenge. If a Lamborghini can’t beat the train, then no car can. 

“I was boasting about getting the supercar, but now I won’t hear the end of being beaten.” 

Callum Gallacher, left, and Amber Livingstone, right, with the Lamborghini Picture: Jeff Holmes

ScotRail Chief Operating Officer, Angus Thom said: “Following the electrification of the line, introduction of our brand-new trains and enhanced timetable, travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh has never been better.

“While the Class 385 delivers faster journeys than our previous trains and timetables, we wanted to really push it by challenging a supercar. 

“Thankfully, but not surprisingly, the train is the most effective way to get from city centre to city centre. Our new fleet of Class 385 trains have added 9,500 extra seats and have also made the journey quicker, greener and more comfortable.” 

ScotRail operates ten services hitting the 42-minute mark every day while the other services average just 47 minutes. 

 
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