United Arab Emirates might hold the Guinness World Record for Holding the Most Guinness World Records, and one of those prizes goes to the world’s fastest ride: the Formula 1 Rollercoaster at Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World (itself a record winner as the world’s largest indoor theme park).
Fasten your safety goggles to protect against Abu Dhabi dust and blast onto the track at a denture-rattling speed of 150 mph in under four seconds. Enjoy an extreme gravity Botox-face as you shoot 52 meters into the sky. It’s rollercoaster as RACECAR <– spell that backwards or forwards, it still screams fast! But Global financial markets provide enough public titillation: perhaps it’s time to reinvent these thrilling rides? How about a human powered roller coaster for a change?
How much power is chewed up pushing us around these metal mountains?
Ferrrari uses technology akin to the jet launching systems on aircraft carriers. You with strong eco-sensibilities (or weak stomachs) might consider these alternatives, maybe coming soon to an enviro-park near you:
Duisberg, Germany recently unveiled a large-scale public sculpture whose swoops and twists trace an eco-friendly graffiti over a rural landscape.
This “stroller-coaster” is an elevated pedestrian walkway laid out like a real rollercoaster, reaching 21 meters high and offering fantastic views of the Western Ruhr.
Called “Crouching Tiger and Turtle”, it’s suggestion of speedy travel can only be experienced at a pedestrian crawl. From a distance the track creates an illusion of thrilling acceleration, but up close it’s just a crazy tilting stairway which follows the virtual ‘coaster’s course .
Visitors walk onto the sculpture at ground level and wind their way to it’s highest accessible point, where unlike on a real ride, they can pause to soak in the extraordinary views. This interactive art is open to the public day and night, after sunset the piece is gorgeously illuminated by a necklace of LED lights.
Want relatively more speed? Check out the Skycycle at Okayama’s Washuzan Highland Park.
This pedal-powered rollercoaster requires aerobic ability, and the flimsy bike-like vehicles cruising its mountainside perch might best Abu Dhabi for World’s Scariest Ride.
It would be a “lifestyle attraction” right on track with the nation’s goals of 21st Century leadership in eco-tourism, sustainable development and energy independence.