The world's fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, has been caught on camera as it prepares to open on October 27 at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
A video posted to Theme Park Review (and embedded below) shows Formula Rossa undergoing testing ahead of its opening date. Although it does not show the ride's full circuit, it does capture the initial launch section that will propel riders to speeds of up to 149 miles per hour.
Formula Rossa will reach a peak height of 170 feet, with riders wearing protective eyewear as they traverse the 2 kilometer circuit. The ride will attempt to evoke the experience of driving in a Formula 1 Grand Prix, with its four trains each featuring cars designed to resemble Ferrari's F1 vehicles.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will open its doors to the public for the first time at 7pm on October 27. Following opening day festivities that will include shows, entertainment and free souvenirs, the park will settle into a standard operating schedule. This will see it opening six days a week (from Tuesday to Sunday), opening at noon each day. The grand opening of Ferrari World will not actually take place until December, with late October and November being viewed as an "inaugural period" in which technical and operational problems will be ironed out.
Although the track for Formula Rossa extends outside, the majority of Ferrari World will be hosted inside a huge building which spans 200,000 square meters. The building is designed to resemble the side profile of the Ferrari GT body, and features Ferrari's famous "prancing horse" logo on its roof.
The Formula One-themed park will feature 20 attractions when it opens, including a simulated aerial voyage through Italy, a 203-feet launch tower, an interactive 4D show, "authentic" racing simulators, a driving school and a themed water ride through the inside of a Ferrari 599 engine. Theme Park Tourist's recent news story features full details of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi's attraction line-up.
Ferrari World's first day of operations will come three weeks prior to the last F1 Grand Prix of the 2010 season, which will take place at the Yas Marina circuit where the park is located. The park's operators, Farah Leisure Parks Management, hope that it will appeal to families and motorsport enthusiasts alike.
Ferrari World was expected to be the first of many new theme parks to open in the United Arab Emirates, with the majority planned for neighboring Dubai. However, the debt crisis which has engulged the smaller emirate has caused many of the proposed parks to be put on hold. The highest-profile park, Universal Studios Dubailand, is now scheduled to open no earlier than 2012.
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