Designed to simulate the F1 driving experience, the Formula Rossa has top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). Full details inside
Stefano Domenicali, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have helped unveil the Formula Rossa roller coaster at the Catalunya Circuit during the Formula One Spanish grand prix.
Designed to simulate the F1 driving experience, the Formula Rossa is the world's fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). Able to carry 16 passengers (on four cars), the roller coaster accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.0 seconds and climbs to a maximum height of 52 meters (171 feet). The 2.07 km (1.29 miles) long course also features a series of "sharp turns and sudden drops" which generate 1.7 Gs.
According to Claus Frimand, General Manager of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the roller coaster's goal is "to bring the sensation (to people) of what a Formula One driver is experiencing. The incredible speed you'll be taken to, you'll be flying through the landscape. Starting in an air conditioned environment, shot outside the building, running around and coming back inside the building again."
As you may recall, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will open on October 28, 2010. It features more than 20 attractions including the GT roller coaster, the G-force experience (which takes "passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62 m, through the roof and back down again"), and the Flume ride (which explores "the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine").