"Formula Rossa" highlights the new Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi


A few months ago, we featured the first of two high-speed roller coasters Ferrari is launching as two of its main attractions on their soon-to-be-opened-but-already-reeks-of-awesomeness theme park, Ferrari World.

The new Formula One-inspired roller coaster has been dubbed as "Formula Rossa" and according to Ferrari, has been designed to simulate the experience of driving a real Formula One race car. Just so you can get a sense of perspective as to how fast the Formula Rossa is, consider that it can go from 0-60 mph in two seconds flat. In addition to that, it can blast off from it’s stationary state all the way up to its highest peak in a little less than five seconds. And oh, did we mention the ride’s 20,800 horsepower winch system and the 1.7 Gs that F2 drivers encounter just about every lap of every race.

Excited, aren’t you? Well, if you can’t ride the real thing until after it’s launched sometime in July, then might we suggest you watch the video and see what the growing fascination with the Formula Rossa roller-coaster is all about.

Press Release after the jump

Formula Rossa Overview

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Strap yourself into the F1 cockpit and hold on, as you blast away on the fastest roller coaster on the planet. You’ll accelerate to 240km/h and see what 1.7 Gs really feels like. You’ll scream over the track and 52 meters into the sky before flying through the chicanes and across the finish line on the Formula Rossa.

Formula Rossa celebrates speed, aerodynamics and technical innovation.

A featured attraction at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind, Formula Rossa will take you on the most thrilling ride of your life.

The Formula Rossa journey will begin in a temperature controlled pre-ride waiting area, where riders will be given protective eyewear, designed to protect passengers from the windforce generated by the coaster’s high speed. Using a hydraulic winch system, similar to those used to launch jet planes, the F1 inspired coaster is then shot out of the launch area using 20,800 horsepower and propelled to a height of 52m in less than 5 seconds.

Riders are then taken on a blindingly fast and thrilling experience along a 2.07 km track full of sharp turns and sudden drops.

According to the designers of Formula Rossa, Jack Rouse Associates, the key challenge in building the world’s fastest roller coaster was obtaining the desired speed without compromising passenger safety and comfort.

Key facts about Formula Rossa
World’s fastest roller coaster reaching speeds of up to 240 kph
0 to 100 km in 2 seconds
Winch system uses 20,800 horsepower
2.07 kilometer track
Designed by Jack Rouse Associates
Manufactured by Intamin
Roller coaster cars designed to resemble the Ferrari F1 car, down to the use of the exact "Rosso Scuderia"
Ride capacity of 16 passengers – 4 cars in the train, 4 riders per car
Maximum elevation 52 m
Lowest elevation 1.5 m
1.7 Gs
Occupies 8.48 Hectares / 21 Acres of Land
Sharpest turn at 70 degrees

About Ferrari World Abu Dhabi:

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be the world’s largest indoor and first Ferrari theme park. It will be an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for enthusiasts, fans and families. With over 20 unique rides, attractions and shows, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be a celebration of Ferrari’s past, present and future. Due to open in 2010, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is set to be one of the signature features of Yas Island, a 2,500 hectare island dedicated to leisure, entertainment and lifestyle.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a world-class development by Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi’s leading property development, management and investment company and will be managed by Farah Leisure Parks Management LLC, a joint venture between Aldar Properties PJSC and ProFun Management Group Inc., an international leisure facilities management and operating company.

Source: Ferrari

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