SpaceX is hosting an open competition for pod designs to test on the hyperloop 1 mile test-track they're going to build. http://www.spacex.com/hyperloop My question is this: to even begin THINK about designing a pod the way Elon envisions it, what sort of physics do I need to know? Any textbooks that would help me gain the skillset necessary from a physics perspective? What resources can I go through to help me learn more? I have no plans to compete in this competition, but I would like to learn so hopefully in the future, I may be able to contribute meaningfully to this. Thanks!