Mercedes-Benz C200 parked 90m up the Sky Tower (+video)

Mercedes-Benz C200 parked 90m up the Sky Tower (+video)

If you’re an Aucklander there’s times when it feels like the Sky Tower is constantly watching you, it’s always there and always hard to miss. Now it just got even harder to ignore because Skycity has got festive early this year and hung a brand new Mercedes-Benz C200 CGI Sport Edition on the side of the Sky Tower, 90M off the ground, in the run up to Christmas. The German machine will be won in an on site promotion. The Mercedes also makes up the ‘stem’ of a giant Christmas tree wall papered to the tower.

Skycity isn’t stopping with merely hoisting a car 90 meters straight up, there will also be a giant Christmas tree in the main Atrium and a full colour laser light show every night from 8 November to 12 December on the side of the Sky Tower.

How exactly did they get the car up there? For the answers check out the handy bullet points below and a video of exactly how it went down… or up, rather.

Mercedes Benz hanging off the tower/ getting it up there with the biggest crane in New Zealand:

  • Brand new Mercedes-Benz C200 CGI Sport Edition will be 90M off the ground
  • Car weighs 1.5 ton
  • The car is worth over $75,000
  • Installed on 4 x 24mm diameter bolts which are currently fixed 500mm deep into the side of the tower; these are attached to a support frame which is connected to the underside of the car
  • Winds needed to be less that 15kph for the install, rigging team was on ropes to secure the frame to the bolts on the tower
  • Crane was 300 ton and needs six people onsite for the install
  • Crane arrived on Labour weekend and was tested by Auckland Cranes
  • Crane has 80 meters main boom, 21 m fly jib; first time in the Southern hemisphere a mobile crane has had 80m of boom
  • A large part of Federal Street was closed off for the installation of the car

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