Ferraris ready to roll
A grand prix funfair is guaranteed to be a winner, writes Craig Duff
FERRARI previewed its most affordable supercar at this month’s Spanish Grand Prix — a 240km/h F1-style ‘‘car’’ that will carry eight.
It’s the fastest of its kind in the world, but is restricted to a purpose-built track in Abu Dhabi.
The Formula Rosso roller-coaster ride was launched by Ferrari’s F1 drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso before its official opening on October 28, three weeks before the grand prix circus rolls into the Yas Marina circuit next door.
Each carriage is built to look like an F1 car and carries eight in racestyle seats. Passengers will corner at 1.7 times gravity as they race over a 2.07km course, rising to 52m.
The rollercoaster is one of two housed inside the Ferrari World complex, itself an engineering feat with a 200,000sq m roof.
The GT Racing Coaster used carriages styled to resemble F430 cars that ‘‘overtake’’ each other on a pair of parallel tracks. The rollercoaster race ‘‘winner’’ is randomly selected to avoid people queueing for the ‘‘fast’’ cars.
Ferrari World will house another 20 rides and attractions, including realistic race simulators, an aerial voyage through Italy following a Ferrari, a G-force experience with a 62m launch through the complex roof and back down again, and a flume ride through the internal workings of a Ferrari 599 engine.
Driving tuition will also be available with Ferrari instructors.
Thriller: this roller-coaster with its F430-style carriages is one of 20 rides and attractions offered by Ferrari World.