Ferrari red-lines fun factor
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.