Who doesn't love riding in a Ferrari? Nobody, that's who. But who actually gets to ride in a Ferrari? Almost nobody, that's who. Until now. Behold the Formula Rossa roller coaster, the world's fastest coaster and the centerpiece of the brand-spankin'-new Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. Strap in:
Sweet mother of mercy, that's awesome. The coaster, which opened on Nov. 4, reaches a top speed of nearly 150 mph in less than four seconds, pinning riders to the seat with 1.7 Gs.
More details: the cars get launched onto the 1.2-mile-long track with a hydraulic system similar to that which fires planes off the decks of aircraft carriers. And due to the speed and the frequent dust storms in Abu Dhabi, all riders are required to wear safety goggles.
That looks like quite a ride. I doubt if I'll be going to Abu Dhabi for a while, though. There are still too many American coasters that I still haven't ridden yet. And I'm already thinking about my trips for next season. : )