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You’ll need nerves of steel to take a ride on these

28 October 2012 No Comment

Ah the wind in your hair, that eerie ‘clack-clack-clack’ and then that one, peaceful, silent moment – no backing out now – before you hurtle to the ground at incredible speed. And then, as the experience ends and with your shaky legs you walk (well, try to walk) away, you just want to do it all again.

Well join the queue. Who doesn’t love roller-coasters? But not only are these babies made of steel, you’ll need nerves of steel to take a ride.

The tallest steel rollercoaster in the world – Kingda Ka

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Quite simply, there is no coaster bigger in the world than Kingda Ka at Six Flags in New Jersey. Not only is it the tallest, but in under four seconds you’ll be catapulted to 128 miles per hour experiencing 1.67G before your train climbs a 456 foot drop – that’s a massive, unimaginable 139 metres.

And of course, what goes up….must come down. Whether you like it or not.

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And if that wasn’t enough to get your pulse racing and the adrenaline flowing, you’re then rotated through a 270-degree spiral. It’s 28 seconds of pure, unadulterated, blood-pumping pleasure.

Amazing then that someone in the rollercoaster design world decided they could do better. Kingda Ka was impressive, indeed it was officially the tallest and the fastest on earth – but hey, records are meant to be broken. Step forward Formula Rossa, designed by Jack Rouse Associates.

The world’s fastest steel rollercoaster – Formula Rossa

Located at Ferrari World (what else?!) in Abu Dhabi, Formula Rossa is the world’s fastest rollercoaster with a top speed of 150 mph, reaching this top speed in a measly 4.9 seconds whilst your face copes with G-force.

Just count that for a moment – there’s nothing on earth that everyday folks can ride in that does this speed. Indeed, it’s said that Formula Rossa’s power when catapulting the train is similar to that used to launch jets from aircraft carriers.

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And believe us when we tell you that you’ll be gritting your teeth if you ride Formula Rossa – insects and other flying fauna is such a risk at the high speeds that riders in the front have to wear protective goggles. Well, at least you won’t need any lunch.


Both are made completely of steel

These unique coasters both use hydraulic launch systems to reach the immense speeds required by adrenaline junkies, and both are made completely of steel. No old fashioned wooden coasters would be able to give the same thrill ride.

Steel yourself for a ride on these … buckle up and enjoy the ride!

So if a long…long…long drop and stomach flip is your thing, then steel yourself for a ride on Kingda Ka. If you prefer instant gratification, Formula Rossa is the Grand Prix of pulse-racing speed. Either way, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Author: Liz Wilson    Date Written: 28 October 2012

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