Mas­sive Fer­rari theme park sched­uled to open in Spain

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FAS­TEN your seat­belts: work has be­gun on the con­struc­tion of the Fer­rari Land theme park. Based in the Por­tAven­tura re­sort near Barcelona, Spain, it is de­scribed as a “take on the Fer­rari myth”. It will ref­er­ence For­mula 1, Fer­rari in­no­va­tion, tra­di­tional Italy and marque founder Enzo Fer­rari.

Plans for Fer­rari Land were an­nounced last year and the first brick was laid last week. It fol­lows in the foot­steps of Fer­rari World in Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2010.

The park it­self will cover 75 000 square me­tres and will ap­par­ently make the Por­tAven­tura re­sort the re­sort with the high­est num­ber of theme parks in Europe — three in to­tal. Por­tAven­tura says the park will be aimed at fam­i­lies and fans of the Fer­rari brand, and will seek for it to em­body the essence of Fer­rari.

With that in mind, the park will be home to a va­ri­ety of themed at­trac­tions, a num­ber of which Por­tAven­tura says will set new records. One of the big­gest at­trac­tions is ex­pected to be the “Ver­ti­cal Ac­cel­er­a­tor”. At 112 m tall, it is ex­pected to be­come the high­est roller coaster in Europe.

Pas­sen­gers will be pro­pelled ver­ti­cally up­wards to the top of ride, be­fore plum­met­ing straight back down. The Ver­ti­cal Ac­cel­er­a­tor will reach speeds of up to 180 km/h in five sec­onds pro­duc­ing forces of up to 1,35 G.

Por­tAven­tura de­scribes its part­ner­ship with Fer­rari as the “sin­gle most im­por­tant project in the his­tory of Por­tAven­tura re­sort” and says it has in­vested nearly €100 mil­lion (R1,347 bil­lion) in the new theme park. It ex­pects the park to at­tract five mil­lion vis­i­tors and over one mil­lion overnight stays by 2017.

Fer­rari Land is sched­uled to open with much fan­fare in 2016 and Por­tAven­tura says it will con­tinue to be de­vel­oped over the fol­low­ing years.

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