Fer­rari red-lines fun fac­tor

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - LUXURY CARS - Paul Gover

A FER­RARI with a top speed of 95km/h doesn’t seem too im­pres­sive when the red rock­ets can of­ten run to 300km/h and more.

But it will be more than enough for pas­sen­gers on the world’s first Fer­rari roller-coaster, which opens in Abu Dhabi to­wards the end of the year. And there is also a chance for over­tak­ing.

The unique GT Roller­coaster is the cen­tre­piece of Fer­rari World, which is built along­side Yas Is­land’s $1 bil­lion For­mula One track.

It’s a 2km course which sets two cars on a side-by-side run with a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween each pair of Fer­rari-shaped coaster cars.

But it’s not the fin­ish at Fer­rari World, which has plans for an­other roller-coaster – this one the world’s fastest, with a top speed of more than 200km/h and cor­ner­ing forces to ap­proach an F1 racer.

Fer­rari World says the G-force ex­pe­ri­ence will take pas­sen­gers up through the roof of the build­ing on a 62m high-speed climb.

There will also be racing sim­u­la­tors sim­i­lar to the ones used by the Fer­rari Grand Prix team, a ‘‘flume’’ ride through the heart of a Fer­rari en­gine and a driv­ing school for ju­niors.

The theme park is a world-first for Fer­rari, which has opened branded stores around the world – in­clud­ing one planned for Syd­ney air­port later this year.

The roof of the Abu Dhabi ex­pe­ri­ence cov­ers more than 200,000 sq m and the de­sign­ers say it is the largest in­door theme park in the world.

It will even­tu­ally have more than 20 in­di­vid­ual at­trac­tions.

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