Friday, November 05, 2010

This is the fastest rollercoaster in the world

Inhabitants of the UAE's capital city Abu Dhabi don't do things by halves. After all, they have gold-dispensing cashpoints, the world's tallest tower, and now... the world's fastest rollercoaster. 

It's called the 'Formula Rossa' and it can reach speeds of almost 150mph, just like that, hurtling its passengers at speeds that even German Autobahn traffic cops would cock an eyebrow at. 

Harnessing the same technology that powers fighter planes off aircraft carriers, the rollercoaster's carriage travels the ride's 2.07 km (1.2 miles) distance in just a minute and half. 

Oh, and did we mention it was built above Abu Dhabi's Formula 1 track? Well, it is. It's the star piece for the "Ferrari World" theme park that's opened just in time for the UAE's grand prix on November 12th. 

And though we can't offer our beloved readers tickets out there to watch the cars race and the rollercoaster blast above them, we can show you this point-of-view footage of the rollercoaster in action. 

Hope that's enough guys. We know it's not, mind, but it's all we've got, we're afraid.

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