If memory serves, the 2 longest elevator rides I’ve ever taken are 35 floors and 54 floors. What I do remember for sure is that both of them made me feel pretty damn barfy. So it’s with that in mind that I must declare news of Hitachi’s new express skyscraper elevator for the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre to be pretty friggin terrifying.
The Guangzhou uber-elevator will travel the 440m (1,443ft) metre shaft height from the ground floor to the 95th in approximately 43 seconds, says Hitachi. The lifts have a theoretical top speed of 1,200 metres per minute (72kmph or 45mph, marginally less than that of this scribe’s winsome, yet sluggish, Toyota Aygo).
The elevators will employ a specially developed permanent magnet synchronous motor that “achieves both a thin profile and the high output needed to attain” high speeds. Hitachi plans to install active guide rollers that will detect and react to minute warping in the guide rails and vibration due to wind pressure, in the corners of the lift car, to make the whole thing less of a stomach-churning experience.
Safety features will ensure soft braking when it stops on the various floors, while pressure adjustment will help to stop travellers’ ears from popping as they speed up the building.
Wait…no air sickness bags?
If you’re wondering how high up 1,443 feet is, it works out to be 95 floors. That’s…high.
Frightened though I am, the part of me that loved roller coasters until they suddenly started making my headaches flair up ridiculously about the time I hit my late teens or early 20’s really wants to try it out.