• Nov 15, 2010
Massa and Alonso ride the Ferrari World roller coaster – Click above to watch video after the jump

Until now, we've had only a passing interest in Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World theme park. Sure, the museum looks like a swell place to spend an afternoon or three, but past that, we could do without the brand indoctrination. Then we saw the video after the jump. We all knew that Ferrari World would boast a roller coaster as one of its main attractions, and that the Prancing-Horse-on-rails would be one of the quickest such contraptions on the planet. In fact, Ferrari's coaster, named the Formula Rossa, is the fastest roller coaster in the world with a top speed of 149 miles per hour. Nevertheless, we weren't really prepared for exactly how fast the ride would look on the faces of its riders.

Ferrari has dropped a video of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso taking the coaster for a quick spin, and judging from the faces of the two racers, the attraction is plenty quick. Top speed is a staggering 149 mph, and with no wind-screen to speak of, there's nothing to protect the riders' faces from the unflattering effects of wind speed. Hilarity ensues.

Hit the jump to see the video of the madness.

[Source: YouTube via Motor Authority]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it won't break down as often as Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. When it's working, Top Thrill is a blast. It's a drag to spend two hours waiting in line only to have to be sent away because the ride broke down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Roller Coaster Tycoon gives you 1/2 star!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks awesome. I think the only way to make it cooler would be to keep the coaster flatter in the turns, so that the riders can get a sense of F1 cornering forces. I've always wanted to know what 3+ Gs in a turn feels like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ... probably the last time this season both drivers had a laugh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i bet the roller coaster was nothing to them since they go faster in F1.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well the very first section of pure acceleration seemed to get them a little, but probably way less than the average person. The rest of the ride they just made seem like a boring ride:P probably because they get the real thing;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      How close does that coster get to the ground? Looks like they could almost touch it in those corners.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking too!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha, saw this in this weekends F1 coverage. I was sort of surprised that Massa looks like he is having a good time more so than Alonso. I think that initial burst is 0-100 mph in a tick more than 4 seconds. I expected nothing less from a Ferrari 'coaster!
      • 4 Years Ago
      don't ride during locust season.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or at least bring dipping sauce.

        And a bib.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who needs to build * THE TALLEST* roller coaster if it still can NOT match the speed and thrills of electro magnetic acceleration. I think the future rides will be build using electromagnets to propel carts and who has more of them, more fun it will be.

      Good acceleration in the middle of the sweeping uprising turn, you'll get some nice G's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe the tallest roller coaster in the world DOES use electromagnetic acceleration (Kingda Ka).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Heh, Six Flags has already updated their description of Kingda Ka. If you look on google the page used to say tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world but now it's fastest in North America on the page.
        Time to build an even faster roller coaster!
        • 4 Years Ago
        uhh Kingda Ka uses hydraulic acceleration, as does this one. look it up. you can see it on the track before you launch.

        And also, I believe Kingda Ka accelerates faster. 0-120mph in 3.5 seconds vs. 0-149mph in 4.9 seconds. sorry. the rush is better on kingda ka.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting to see what all funneling unending barrels of US dollars and Euros at the middle-east can buy.

      Makes me want to trade in for an electric car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. That's a heeluva lot faster than Greezed Lightnin'
      • 4 Years Ago
      Other than the launch, the ride itself looked pretty meh. No corkscrews, spirals, loop-d-loops, or inverted track.
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