China builds World’s largest spokeless Ferris wheel
Published on February 14, 2013 by W.E. Ning
Well, it has a wheel… On pics the construction site of the world’s largest spokeless Ferris wheel in Changzhou, Jiangsu province on January 2, 2013. The wheel, which looks like a giant ring, will spin without a spoke.
The Ferris wheel is named “shi lai yun zhuan,” which means “turn of fortune”. Its height will measure 89 meters and the total weight will be 3.000 tons. The wheel costs 150 million yuan (24 million USD) and is expected to go into operation in June this year.
The great city of Changzhou hopes the spokeless (aka ‘centerless’ aka ‘hubless’) Ferris wheel will attract more tourism. A spokeless wheel is certainly an impressive feat of engineering. Strangely, spokeless wheels are still not really tried on cars. If 65 meters is possible, a car tire can’t be a big a problem…
Pics via: ChinaDaily.