Fer­raris ready to roll

A grand prix fun­fair is guar­an­teed to be a win­ner, writes Craig Duff

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

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