10 fastest roller coasters of the world
With the wind flying through your hair, some of the tongues out, or some eyes screwed shut together in prayer or some hands up in the sky in mere joy, roller coasters are a thing of sheer exhilaration and serious adrenaline rush! Some of us are so addicted that we are ready to line up day and night for those ten minutes of sheer rush. So grab your seat and buckle in as we take you through the ride of the ten fastest roller coasters in the world.
10) Millennium Force, United States
This roller coaster is situated in the Cedar Point amusement park located on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio is Millennium Force. Its maximum speed is up to 92 mph or 148 km/h. It is a giga roller coaster, which means that it is a roller coaster that’s between 300 and 399 feet tall and completes a full circuit. In fact, the Millennium Force was the first giga coaster ever that opened in 2000, even though it was the fourteenth roller coaster to be built at the park since Blue Streak opened in 1964. Millennium Force broke six world records too! It covers 13 acres of land with a 310 ft (94 m), 45-degree lift hill with a 300 ft (91 m), drop two tunnels, three overbanked turns, four hills, and a moment of zero gravity (jitteryyyyy).
9) Fury 325, United States
Nestled in the amusement park at Carowinds, located on the border of North and South Carolina, is the Fury 325. The Fury 325 is named for the Charlotte NC’s nickname the “Hornet’s Nest” as it is themed after a hornet such that riders are chasing their target at high speeds, similar to a hornet and it is another giga coaster reaching the speed of 95 mph or 153 km/h. It is indeed the highest giga coaster and non-launch coaster. Fury 325 was voted the best steel coaster in the 2016 Golden Ticket Awards, ending Millennium Force’s six-year streak and is the sixth tallest coaster in the world with a maximum height of 325 metres. Launched on March 25, 2015, this track covers 8.4 acres of land with a barrel roll, s-curve, a giant horseshoe turn, and five hills. Carowinds total ride time is 3 minutes and 25 seconds!
8) Steel Dragon, Japan
Found in the 18th most visited park in the world, Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, Japan, is the Steel Dragon. Built in the Asian Lunar calendar year of the Dragon which explains its name, it holds the record for the longest track length—2,479 metres (8,133 ft) but the records for tallest and fastest roller full-circuit roller coaster were subsequently lost to Top Thrill Dragster and Dodonpa respectively in the subsequent years. The ride reaches a whopping 95 mph, or 153 km/h has two tunnels. The total ride time is clocked at 4 minutes.
7) Ring Racer, Germany
The Ring Racer is a thrilling roller coaster located at Nürburgring, a 150,000-capacity motorsports complex located in the town of Nürburg (an entire complex for motorsport guys, IMAGINE!). It is a bit different from the other entries in the list as the roller coaster was closed after a series of mishaps and lack of economic viability. The model coaster was themed after Formula-One racing. And had promised to go from 0-99.4 mph or 160 km/h in 2.5 seconds, which is double what a race car driver would experience in the same amount of time. People were supposed to travel the oval race like track, in 85 seconds per ride, but alas, a series of explosions in the pneumatic system caused injuries to seven people, and shattered windows in September 2013, making the makers announce its closing in 2014.
6) Tower of Terror, Australia
The Tower of Terror can be found in Australia’s largest amusement park, called Dreamworld theme park in Queensland. This Shuttle model coaster reaches 100 mph or 160 km/h, making it finish on number sixth of many roller coasters that are the falsest. This shuttle model roller coaster that does not ultimately make a complete circuit, but, to your horror, reverses at a point its course and traverses the same track backward, is bound to be your sweet nightmare. Due to the speeds of this coaster, it boasts a maximum of 4.5Gs and 6.5 seconds of zero-G time and after climbing a heart-stopping height of 377 feet aboveground, the steel shutter roller coaster has a 6.5 second zero-gravity drop, and then stretches straight out for the equivalent length of three football fields. You can go 0 to 160.9 km/h (0 to 100 mph) in mere seconds on this 28-second ride, making it the fastest, tallest thrill ride in the Southern Hemisphere.
5) Superman: Escape from Krypton, United States
The dramatically named roller coaster is in the Six Flags over Magic Mountain amusement park, California. The reason behind it being on the list is the fact that it goes from 0 to 100 mph (167 km/h) in seven seconds but- wait for it- in reverse. (YES!) Superman Escape from Krypton is a launch roller coaster where the riders experience a g-force of 6.5 seconds, similar to our previous entry. The track that you see in the picture that is vanishing off to nothing is indeed its end point. As of 2017, Superman: Escape from Krypton has the third-tallest structure, the fifth-fastest speed and the third-longest drop in the world. It sure has a come a long way from its launch in 1997, almost 20 years guys!
4) Dodonpa, Japan
Dodonpa roller coaster can be found in the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. It is one of the very few (second, in fact) roller coasters to use the power of compressed air to launch its trains. The 55-second ride takes the rider across 3,901 ft tracks of sheer terror steel tracks and reaching from 0 to a 107 mph or 172 km/h speed in 1.8 seconds. The ride hopes to stimulate riders with a psychological torture as a physical thrill ride as well. The name of the ride was derived from the ominous war drum sounds of taiko drums, thus creating an environment of stimulated psychological torture as a physical thrill ride as well. The drums add to the thrill and nerves and often, riders will chant along with the drum sound, which plays three consecutive beats represented by the sounds Do-don-pa.
3) Top Thrill Dragster, United States
This steel accelerator coaster is another entry from the famous Cedar Point, Ohio. It gives the rider an experience over a long, straight launch track, a top hat tower element, and magnetic brakes that smoothly stop the train without making any contact. At a heart stopping height of 420 ft (130 meters), they reach 120 mph or 190 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. The total ride time has been clocked by Cider Point at 30 seconds in that time riders after the initial launch begin an ascent of a 90-degree incline, twisting 90 degrees clockwise before climbing a 420-foot (130 m) top hat, making the faint-hearted writhe in terror with the dynamics of the entire ride. Upon descending, the track twists 270 degrees before acquiring a level track phase, allowing the train to be stopped by the magnetic brakes. The Top Thrill Dragster’s theme is based on Top Fuel drag racing motorsport.
2) Kingda Ka, United States
This steel accelerator roller coaster is the world’s tallest roller coaster, the world’s second fastest roller coaster, and was the second strata coaster ever built by Stakotra. It is indeed the fastest roller coaster in the United States. Located in New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure, it stuns the riders by reaching speeds of 0 to 128 mph or 206 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Its end is even more dramatic as the trains climb the main top hat tower, at the height of a staggering 456 feet (139 meters) in a mere total of 28 seconds total. The Kingda Ka is named after the mythical tiger, a 500 lb (230 kg) Golden Tabby Bengal tiger that lived on site at the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park. The ride’s sign and station have a Nepalese style that features bamboo, adding to the jungle theme, along with jungle music is played. This coaster is making riders happy and with jelly legs since its launch in 2005.
1) Formula Rossa, United Arab Emirates
Here we are, to the end of the list with the fastest roller coaster in the world in the country of the tallest buildings and craziest cars- UAE. It is the Formula Rossa located at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It has the tremendous nerve-racking acceleration of 0 to 149 mph or 240 km/h in mere five seconds (where do we sign up?) using a hydraulic launch system. The track is developed taking inspiration from the famous Italian race track Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Due to the speed and height of the ride, riders are required to wear protective glasses similar to those used during skydiving, and god, does it give you the similar adrenaline rush! Ferrari World is located on Yas Island. The amusement park is the only Ferrari branded amusement park in the world, adding another feather to the coaster’s uniqueness hat.
Here we are, after a scintillating list of the fastest roller coasters in the world and now we know the itch in your feet must be unbearable as you add ten new things to do in your travel bucket list fellas so GEAR UP and set the adrenaline pumping! (We are always happy to help).