Specific Type: Accelerator Coaster
Amusement park and roller coaster enthusiasts are always excited when they hear about records being broken on new coasters and rides. They always want to know what the tallest coaster is and which is the fastest coaster. Many enthusiasts probably know that the tallest coaster in the world ( for now) is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. Many, however, do not know that the fastest coaster in the world is Formula Rossa at a theme park called Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Formula Rossa is a launched coaster that was built by Intamin and installed into the park in November of 2010. The coaster reaches a top speed of 150 mph which beats out Kingda Ka. The coaster is hydraulically launched and reaches its top speed in less than 5 seconds. The same technology that went into this coaster is also found on aircraft carrier steam catapults. Not only is the coaster fast, but it is also very long. The track is the sixth longest in the world at almost 1.5 miles. The coaster was inspired by the famous Itallian racetrack called Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Riders are supposed to feel what its like to be in a Formula 1 car at high speeds. The speed is so fast that riders must wear safety goggles during the ride so that insects and other projectiles do not injure you. Now, let us take a virtual journey on the fastest coaster in the world. Buckle in and hold on tight.
As riders enter the queue line for the ride, you are given a wonderful view of the red and white glass tiled indoor amusement park. As you reach the station, you notice the same design on it as well. You will enter a train that looks like a Formula 1 racecar. You sit down, strap in, put on your goggles, and get ready for launch. The train pulls out of the station and slowly stops at the starting line on the white steel track. The red lights above count down from 5. As the last red light shines, the top lights turn green and you launched. You reach a top speed of 150 mph on a straight stretch. At the end of the stretch the train then ascends a 174 foot hill that slows the speed down and then immediately into a high banked left hand turn that is very long. As you come around, the train then banks the opposite direction and into a high left banked turn that takes you back the opposite way. The train now flips again to a right banked helix that brings you back toward the station. The train now goes over two small airtime hills and into the final break run that is magnetically halted. As you come back into the station, you check to see if you are covered in bugs and realize you have just ridden the fastest coaster in the world.
The next time you visit the beautiful country of the United Arab Emirates, make sure a stop in Abu Dhabi is on your list so that you can visit Ferrari World and ride Formula Rossa.
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