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The surprisingly cutthroat race to build the world's fastest elevator

China is experiencing an elevator boom. Foto: Paul Traynor. Foto: Paul Traynor/AP

SHANGHAI - Elevator rides are not usually worth documenting. But when you step into the elevator at Shanghai Tower, people often pull out their cameras.

As the doors close, a screen at the elevator's front lights up to show you the car's location as it rises toward the building's newly opened observation deck. A neatly dressed attendant informs passengers that the elevator has now reached a top speed of 18 meters per second, approximately 40 mph...

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