Today, Ferrari unveiled at Barcelona the world fastest roller coaster. We are talking about the Formula Rossa, the roller coaster that will accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2 seconds.
This unique machine will ride on a two kilometers (1.3 miles) track hitting 1.7 Gs of acceleration along the way, providing a fantastic experience for a maximum number of 16 passengers.
Using a hydraulic winch system, similar to those used to launch jet planes, the Formula Rossa is then shot out of the launch area using 20,800 horsepower and propelled to a height of 52m in less than 5 seconds. It will “pull the skin back on your face”, the park’s manager, Andy Keeling, promised yesterday as organisers disclosed the when and what of the keenly anticipated coaster.
“It’s definitely a white-knuckle ride,” Mr Keeling said. “The G-forces on your body will be like the kinds of Gs that you feel in a Formula One car.”
Set to open later this year, the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is set to incorporate 20 main attractions, including two roller coasters. One of them is the F430 Spider-based coaster previewed a couple of months ago, and now Ferrari has announced details on the second. Other attractions include a canal cruise through a V12 engine, a tour through a replica of the Ferrari factory at Maranello and a drive-through “miniature Italy” for children.
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
Occupies 8.48 Hectares / 21 Acres of Land
Sharpest turn at 70 degrees