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29 May, 2012

Top 5 World’s Fastest Roller Coasters

Roller coasters, aren’t they the first thing we look forward to ride when visiting an amusement park or a theme park? Do you feel a lump in your throat when these roller coasters drop vertically from a great height? Even though for many the height of the roller coasters makes them dizzy, the popularity of roller coasters haven’t diminished; take a look at the fastest roller coasters in the world and make sure you visit them during your holiday. Majority of these fastest roller coasters are in the USA; however, some are in Asian countries too.

5. Name: Tower of Terror II
Location: Dreamworld Amusement Park, Coomera, Queensland, Australia
Speed: 100 miles per hour

Tower of Terror II, the fourth tallest and fastest roller coaster with a speed of 100 mph
This was considered the fastest and the tallest roller coaster when it was constructed in the year 1997. This roller coaster was called Tower of Terror II after its modification and launch in September 2010. Tower of Terror II holds other records like fourth tallest and fastest roller coaster and third tallest roller coaster drops. It reaches the maximum speed of 100 mph in just 7 seconds and has a maximum G Force of 4.5. A total of 14 passengers can be seated in one single vehicle; this passenger vehicle is called the “Escape pod.”

5. Name: Superman: Escape from Krypton
Location: Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California, USA
Speed: 100 miles per hour

Superman: Escape from Krypton, the world's fifth tallest and faster roller coaster

Image courtesy: Wikipedia
This roller coaster shares the 5th spot with Tower of Terror II in terms of speed. This was opened in the year 1977 and is very similar to the Tower of Terror II. This was originally called the Superman: The Escape and after redevelopment called the Superman: Escape from Krypton. This roller coaster was closed almost all through later half of 2010 and was opened only on March 2011. This too reaches the maximum speed in about 7 seconds and the maximum G Force is 4.9. For about roughly 6.5 seconds, riders of this roller coaster feel weightless and are believed to be one of the loudest roller coaster rides. The other record this roller coaster holds is that it is the world’s fifth fastest and tallest roller coaster.

4. Name: Dodonpa
Location: Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Speed: 107 miles per hour

Dodonpa Roller Coaster, world's scariest roller coaster

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This roller coaster made its debut with two records; one being the faster roller coaster and second is the fastest acceleration of just 1.8 seconds to reach the maximum speed of 107 miles per hour. This is considered to be one of the scariest roller coasters in the world. The maximum G Force is 4.3. Drum beats are put through the entire session of boarding to landing where the riders can hear three consecutive drum beats called Do-don-pa. There is a false start feature that gives riders a feel of failed launch and this is followed by the surprise accidental launch.

3. Name: Top Thrill Dragster
Location: Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Speed: 120 miles per hour

Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster; the tagline is "Race for the Sky"
The tagline of this roller coaster is “Race for the Sky” and it surely gives this experience to its riders. This is the second tallest roller coaster in the world. It reaches the maximum speed at 3.8 seconds. When debuted, it holds the records for tallest, fastest, and steepest roller coaster. The theme of the Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster is Top Fuel Drag Racing motor sport. There are a total of 6 trains with 5 cars and each train can accommodate 20 riders. The speed of the launch is controlled by a computer.

2. Name: Kingda Ka
Location: Six Flages Great Adventure, Jackson Township, New Jersey, USA
Speed: 128 miles per hour

Kingda Ka, the tallest roller coaster in the world

Image courtesy: Wikipedia
It was the fastest roller coaster until November 2010 and is still the world’s tallest roller coaster. The maximum speed of 128 mph is reached within 3.5 seconds. It made its debut in the year 2005. This roller coaster suffered various setbacks and was closed at various points of time in the years 2005 and 2009. There was damage in 2011 shortly before the Hurricane Irene and was re-opened on April 2012. The theme of Kingda Ka is a mythical tiger. There are four trains with 5 cars and each train can take a maximum of 18 riders at a time.

1. Name: Formula Rossa
Location: Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Speed: 150 miles per hour

Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world inspired by Italian racetrack Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Image courtesy: Wikipedia
Formula Rossa is currently the world’s fastest roller coaster and reaches the maximum speed of 150 miles per hour within 4.9 seconds; the maximum G Force is 4.8. The shape of the track was designed or inspired by the legendary Italian racetrack called Autodromo Nazionale Monza. As it rides very fast, the riders in the front row are requested to wear protective glasses to avoid insects or any airborne particles entering their eyes. There are 2 trains with 4 cars with a maximum seating capacity of 16 riders per train.


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