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Sunday, December 19, 2004

The World's Fastest Elevator
The two world's fastest elevators are now installed in the world's tallest building, the Taipei 101 office tower, in Taipei, Taiwan. In this short article, the Japan Times writes that the Guinness Book of Records has certified the elevators' specifications.

These elevators, built by Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp. (TELC), can move 24 passengers up at a speed of 1,010 meters per minute (about 60 km/h), or down a little bit slower at only 600 meters per minute (about 36 km/h). Going up 382 meters inside this 508-meter-high building will take you only 39 seconds using these elevators.

And don't worry about 'ear popping': these elevators include new technologies, such as a pressure control system. This overview contains many more details, references and pictures.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 5:22 AM Comments (0)
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