Specific Type: Giga Coaster
Deep in the heart of the South you will find a bustling little park that excites men, women, and children of all ages. Carowinds, located in Charlotte, North Carolina has grown over course of its history and in the early 2010s grew even bigger. The park became one of the largest in the Cedar Fair chain with the announcements of Intimidator and now Fury 325. Roller coaster enthusiasts throughout the world were fixed on the teasers and clues that park put out during the campaign. Fans of the park were not disappointed when the park unveiled what became the world’s tallest and fastest GIGA coaster in the world.
The park chose the name Fury 325 based on the idea of the hornet. The Carolinas have always radiated an undeniable, raw energy. It’s a pulsing, seething strength that forced the British army to retreat from battle here hundreds of years ago, calling the region a “hornet’s nest of rebellion.” This region proudly claims the “Hornet’s Nest” label and has since used the hornet’s zealous, courageous and somewhat rebellious spirit as fuel to build one of the nation’s premier cities. Fury 325 mimics the movements of a swarm of hornets. The coaster reaches a height of 325 feet and guests feel the wind spiking their cheeks at 95 mph. Not only is the coaster the tallest and fastest, it is also one of the longest in the world. The coaster spans a track length of 6,602 feet and watches over the new front entrance plaza of the park.
The coaster is designed and built by Bolliger and Mabillard and is in the true form and style of the B&M hyper models built in previous years. The coaster features a teal track with a yellow stripe and white supports. The trains for the coaster are dark chrome with yellow accents. The train style is a four-across seating style that you see on a coaster like Apollo’s Chariot. The coaster features a general layout with a special feature of an underground dive. If you are not excited after reading this, maybe you should take the virtual journey which you can find below.
Guests enter the park through the beautiful entrance plaza and make their way to the South Carolina side of the park. As you pass by the massive Fury 325 ride sign, you enter the ride queue line and into the station. You step into one of the three 32 passenger trains, buckle the seat belt, and pull down the clamshell restraint. The train exits the station, does a 180 degree right turn and hits the lift hill. When the train reaches a height of 325 feet the train then drops a dramatic 81 degrees. Then like an angry hornet chasing its target, riders race into a massive 190-foot tall barrel turn and a high speed S-curve reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. Just above the front entrance, riders experience an astonishing 91 degree overbanked horseshoe turn, and then take a sharp dive underneath a pedestrian bridge, swarming at full force into the back half of the ride, through a high speed banked curve, camel back hill and an intense double helix maneuver. The train moves forward and into 2 camel back air time hills and hits the final brake run before returning to the station.
Fury 325 does not let up during its three-minute and 25-second ride along 6,602 feet of steel – it’s full throttle all the way and impossible not to feel this ride’s penetrating sting.
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