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Ferrari rollercoaster to allow 'overtaking'

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March 21, 2010

Ferrari GT Rollercoaster - two tracks operate simultaneously

Ferrari GT Rollercoaster - two tracks operate simultaneously

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When Ferrari World opens its doors in Abu Dhabi later this year, fans of the prancing horse will be treated to a monster roller coaster with a difference. Riding in a Ferrari (of course), the ride will take thrill-seekers on a two kilometer journey at up to 95 kmh and because there are two cars running side-by-side, the roller coaster becomes a racetrack with a different "winner" each time.

OK, so unfortunately there's no accelerator on-board, so despite the fact that the cars will be programmed to overtake each other it's not really a race... but it still sounds like a lot of fun.

The Ferrari GT Rollercoaster is one of two planned for the massive theme park. The second is billed as the world’s fastest rollercoaster and will hurtle along at "speeds exceeding 200 kmh," giving joy riders a taste of what it's like to be in a Ferrari F1 car.

Located on Yas Island on the North East side of Abu Dhabi’s mainland, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is clearly setting out to match the brand values of the high-end auto company. It will be the world’s largest indoor park with a 45m (147.6 ft) high, 200,000 m2 red roof inspired by the lines of the Ferrari GT. Just in case you forget why you are visiting, the roof will feature the largest Ferrari logo ever created at 65 m x 48.5 m.

Other attractions will include a driving and racing school for youngsters and a "Flume ride" that takes you on through the heart of a giant Ferrari 599 engine. And of course, there will be fresh pasta and made-to-order pizza on hand.

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