9. Formula Rossa
United Arab Emirates
Formula Rossa — currently the fastest roller coaster in the world. Accelerates to 240 km / h in less than 5 seconds. The speed is so high that sitting in the front row have to wear special goggles to prevent eye injury.
Formula Rossa is a launched roller coaster located at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Manufactured by Intamin, Formula Rossa is the world’s fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 239 km/h (149 mph). The coaster train accelerates to its top speed in approximately 5 seconds using a hydraulic launch system which generates a release velocity similar to that of steam catapults on an aircraft carrier. The initial acceleration from standstill reaches 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in 2 seconds, beating the best commercially available supercar (as of 2014). Riders experience up to 1.7 G’s of force during acceleration and up to 4.8 G’s throughout the ride. The roller coaster track is 2.2 km (1.4 mi) in length, ranking it 6th in the world for steel roller coasters. Its shape was inspired by the legendary Italian racetrack Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Due to the high air speeds and thus risk of an impact with airborne particulates or insects, all riders are required to wear protective glasses similar to those used during skydiving. Formula Rossa surpassed Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure as the world’s fastest roller coaster with Kingda Ka retaining the record of the tallest roller coaster in the world.