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World's fastest elevator to be built in China

The fastest elevator currently is in Taipei, Taiwan and can reach 37 mph.
By Aileen Graef   |   April 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM   |   Comments

GUANGZHOU, China, April 22 (UPI) -- The world's fastest elevator is being built at the CTF Financial Center in Guangzhou, China and will be able reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour.

Hitachi, the company designing the elevator, says the elevator will be able to reach speeds of 45 mph and bus people from the first floor to the 93rd in 43 seconds.

The elevator also automatically adjusts air pressure to alleviate the effects of such rapid ascent. The cars will also be set on special wheels so the elevator will remain unaffected if the building is hit by high winds.

The 530 meter (1,740 feet), 111 storey building is expected to be finished in 2016.

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