Roller Coaster

The Formula Rossa Is The Fastest Roller Coaster In The World

Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World is the world's largest indoor amusement park. With that namesake, it's only fitting that it houses the world's fastest roller coaster, too. The Formula Rossa reaches its top speed of 149 mph (240 kph) in just five seconds, and takes the record for speediest coaster away from Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. In fact, the ride is so fast that airborne objects like insects, leaves, and even dust can injure unprotected eyes, so riders must wear clear goggles to protect themselves. If you wonder why someone would subject themselves to such speeds, it all comes down to the release of adrenaline and dopamine when the frightening -- but safe -- thrill of high speeds hits our brains. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Riding on rollercoasters can be scary because of cognitive dissonance: one part of you understands there's no danger, while the other experiences genuine fear. 00:35

  2. The Formula Rossa rollercoaster in Abu Dhabi is the world's fastest, clocking in at 149 mph (240 kph). 00:51

  3. A roller coaster top hat is a hill with a 90-degree ascent and descent. 02:42

Written by Curiosity Staff June 30, 2016

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