The world’s fastest new elevator is in Shanghai

If you are a fan of Vuela Viajes you will know that from time to time we like to echo some of the records that are broken throughout the planet. In fact, in recent weeks we have told you about the highest bridge in the world, the highest slide on the planet and the largest blue hole.

Interestingly, many of the current records, especially those that have to do with construction, take place on the Asian continent. Today, for example, we want to tell you about the fastest elevator in the world, which has taken the title away from the one in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, a 530-meter-high skyscraper located in the Chinese city of Guangzhou. The new fastest elevator in the world is also in China, specifically in the Shanghai Tower . Would you like to discover more details? Well, all you have to do is join us!

The speedy elevator

As we told you, the new fastest elevator in the world is located in the city of Shanghai. Specifically, it is located in the Shanghai Tower, which is located in the Lujiazui financial district. Although its height is surprising (it reaches 632 meters), it does not hold the record for the tallest building. Of course, it seems that it will enter the Guinness Records thanks to the speed of its new elevator. It is a Mitsubishi creation that reaches 20.5 meters per second, that is, about 73.8 kilometers per hour. So that you better understand the speed that this elevator is capable of reaching, we want to give you a piece of information: Usain Bolt’s record, the fastest man in the world, reached a speed of 12.2 meters per second when he achieved his world record in the hundred meters, the equivalent of 44 kilometers per hour.


Technical advances

According to its creators, achieving this record has been possible thanks to the development of new equipment, including a control panel that maximizes the performance of the traction machine. In addition, safety devices such as the speed limiter, the braking device and the damping device have been improved. Thus, thanks to these advances, the elevator is able to go up from the second basement floor to the 119th floor in just 53 seconds. Surprising, don’t you think?


The skyscraper not only surprises by its new and fast elevator, but by its height and its shape . In fact, it is considered the second tallest building in the world. It is only surpassed by the Burj Khalifa Tower , which is located in Dubai, a city with many records. Thus, while the building in this emirate of the United Arab Emirates reaches 828 meters in height, the Shanghai Tower has a height of 632 meters.

As we told you, the building also surprises with its silhouette. And it is that as you can see in the image located on these lines, it has a spiral shape. In addition, it is important to note that its promoters describe the tower as a cutting-edge sustainable energy showcase, or put another way, as a symbol of sustainable architecture. In this sense, it should be noted that fewer construction materials were used for the façade and that its spiral shape serves to collect rainwater, which is used for the tower’s heating and air conditioning systems. The skyscraper, which has 121 floors, houses offices, retail stores, entertainment venues, a conference center, a hotel, spaces for cultural offerings …