This Hitachi Elevator Will Climb 95 Floors in Less Than a Minute

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Apr 22, 2014
References: hitachi & bbc
These Hitachi elevators, which will be installed in a skyscraper in the city of Guangzhou in southern China, will comfortably be the world's fastest elevator. The elevator will be capable of reaching speeds of 72 km/h, allowing it to soar from the first floor to the 95th floor in a scarcely believable 43 seconds. Two such ultra-fast elevators will be installed in the Guangzhou CTF Financial Centre skyscraper, which is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

These Hitachi elevators will offer a comfortable ride despite the high speeds. Air pressure inside the elevators will be artificially altered to prevent ear blockages. Guiding 'rollers' will ensure that the ride remains smooth despite the warping effects caused by wind pressure at high speeds.

The elevators will also be fitted with highly heat-resistant brakes, which will automatically activate in the event of malfunction.