The Shanghai Tower Will Soon Feature the World’s Fastest Elevator at 45 MPH

By: | May 16th, 2016


While Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, the Shanghai Tower is a close second at only a few hundred feet shorter.

I can personally attest to how tall the Shanghai Tower is because I’ve been there, done that, and the view from the top is nothing short of incredible.

Seeing as how you literally ride up hundreds of floors in what are already fast elevators, visitors will soon be able to fly to the top even faster thanks to a new and improved elevator being installed from manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric.

And not just any elevator. The Shanghai Tower will be home to the world’s fastest elevator, capable of going 45 MPH and shooting passengers up from the second level basement to the 119th floor in less than a minute.

Speed governor, traction rope, and buffer upgrades, in addition to a new roller system to help minimize horizontal shake will help elevator riders of the Shanghai Tower have a much more enjoyable experience.

The best part, though, is definitely the air pressure being adjusted progressively throughout the ride, to reduce the feeling of your ears popping.

Trust me, once you climb to about the 100th floor of the tower, it feels like your head and eardrums are about to explode, so this a welcome improvement.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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