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If you thought it took a long time to get to the top of the list and take delivery on a newly-assembled Ferrari supercar, that's nothing compared to the time that has gone in to building the brand's first theme park. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has been under construction for two years now, and is finally set to open its doors to the public sometime later this year. And when it does, it will be not only the first theme park in the region, but the first of its kind in the world.

The major attractions at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will comprise some 20 rides, including two roller-coasters: one based on an F1 car, running at speeds at upwards of 200 kilometers per hour (125 mph) and shooting straight up through the massive scarlet roof structure 62 meters into the air.

The second is what you see pictured here, the GT Racing Coaster. That attraction will run two four-seat cars (styled after the F430 Spider) on parallel tracks in a race to the finish line. This is the first image we've received of the coaster car, and we can't help but wonder why they don't go with a 458 Italia-inspired car at this point. Follow the jump for a video on the park's construction.

[Source: CarScoop]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari must be hard up as hell for licensing royalties...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember hearing about this park awhile back, and that it would have rides.
      This is just too much. Dont these people have any imagination?
      Why does it have to look like the car............
      disgusting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ack154
        maybe something that doesn't date with each model year.
        Who wants to ride around in last years news?
        I could understand "vintage" Ferraris, but last model years? Why?

        The coaster cars could have the "essence" of Ferrari design language,
        but not be mini replicas of the actual cars - this is just WAY to literal.

        I mean, after all, Ferrari are about creating a product that is beautiful and has it's form based allot on function. So the coaster cars should too, they should "say" Ferrari, but also "say" coaster car, high tech speedy train car. NOT fiberglass replica, that's just stupid.

        This thing is just for little kids I guess, I thought they were trying to play to an adult audience as well - my mistake I guess.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Riding that coaster would be like being in a convertible with the top down while driving across death valley.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did u guys hear what he said at the end? The ride is going to be red F1 racing car.
        Just trying to find what to talk sh't about huh ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah they could have made it the 430 Scuderia! I mean come on! :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        McG, Death Valley is flat...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks captain obvious, I probably should spell it out.

        It would be very HOT riding in that coaster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just don't understand Dubai. Does this park look pleasant to anyone?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree that it looks bad now. The only things built are the giant Ferrari bikini bottoms and some track, but the last step in construction like this is making it look nice. It is still missing all of the hardscape and landscape. Maybe it will look better after there are a few trees around.

        Still, I'm not betting on this being a success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Despite being a fan of the brand, I can't ever see myself visiting such a place. Cringe.

      And no doubt built with semi-slave labour.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/5350328/Workers-on-luxury-island-exploited-and-abused.html

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/08/middleeast.construction

        • 5 Years Ago
        So true, it's the ugly side of Dubai that many people now nothing about. It is modern day slave labour. Workers' passports are confiscated when they arrive, they have no rights, are made to work ungodly hours while living in squalor, the list goes on and on. Just despicable.

        Karma is coming back to bite them in the arse however...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad kissing in public in Dubai is a arrestable offense....
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's actually a good thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wonder if they uphold that law inside a tourist zone like this theme park. I mean, for the locals it's probably not that hard to avoid it anyways if they have to wear burquas in the first place, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari is really starting to make me wonder lately with the way they have been vigorously whoring out their brand to anyone that will pay. I hope they don't sell their soul and dilute the brand.

      I would venture to guess that a trip to a kart track for some seat in a shifter kart would be more akin to the F1 experience than a roller coaster. As a bonus you wouldn't need to travel half way around the world and worry about your safety.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, they are a sports team as well, and started building road cars to fund their racing team. They day when they stop racing you can call it whoring out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll bet it corners like its on rails!

      (i had to say it)
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a rather boring looking roller coaster track. Though, the 125mph ride would be rather fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No racist/ignorant comments this time. What a shame !!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The first...and last theme park there too I'll bet. What's the bet on how long it stays open?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think they will be lucky to finish construction. It wouldn't suprise me if in about 6 months the financial team backing this project decides to sell in order to stop the bleeding. We're a few months away from Dubai being almost nothing but vacant office buildings, and partially completed construction projects.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just what I was thinking too. That's what makes this story so laughable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I give it 2 years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is in Abu Dhabi. They, unlike Dubai, have oil money and are still quite wealthy. It is the only reason this thing is still going, as if it were in Dubai it would have already been left dead in the water. Remember, it was Abu Dhabi that revently gave Dubai something like 10 billion dollars just to help them out with their debt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And it'll be in the red for the whole time, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was wondering as I was looking at that picture whether they are going to update the roller coaster cars as their models change or just let the ride age. I guess "let the ride age" is the answer. I still think this whole theme park is a bastardization of the brand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you read the article? "The major attractions at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will comprise some 20 rides, including two roller-coasters: one based on an F1 car... the second is what you see pictured here, the GT Racing Coaster. "
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did u guys hear what he said at the end? The ride is going to be red F1 racing car.
        Just trying to find what to talk sh't about huh ?
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