I report on roller coasters about as much as I ride them, which is hardly ever. The Hollywood Rip,Ride,rockit might be most high-tech one, but this Formula Rossa roller coaster in Abu Dhabi is most certainly the world’s fastest.
The Formula Rossa is part of Ferrari World, a theme park in the United Arab Emirates, and the ride reaches a top speed of 149.1 miles per hour.
After the jump, I have included a video of Ferrari Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa as they are one of the first to try it out. I’m sure that they are used to speed, but you will see that there is a look of terror in their faces.
Apparently, this roller coaster is a “simulation” of the F1 driving experience. It can carry 16 passengers on four cars, and climbs to a maximum height of 171 feet. You will notice it’s opening burst of speed that takes it from 0-100 kilometers per hour in two seconds, you might also notice the sudden drops and sharp turns to take the rider up to 1.7 Gs.
This is yet another reason to visit Dubai. All of the huge buildings and other advancements they have are starting become the stuff of legend amongst techno-junkies here who are stuck on the west side of the world.