The fastest rollercoasters in the world that hit top speeds of 149mph – so are you brave enough to try them? – The Sun


The fastest rollercoasters in the world that hit top speeds of 149mph – so are you brave enough to try them? – The Sun

THE fastest rollercoasters in the world have broken speed records of up to 149mph.

Unsurprisingly, the US has the most rollercoasters in the world that boast the top speeds.

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The fastest rollercoasters in the world have speeds up to 149mphCredit: AFP – Getty

In the top seven fastest rides, the US features three times with the UAE, Spain, Japan and Australia also making the top list.

The UK barely reaches some of the top speed rollercoasters.

Stealth in Thorpe Park is the fastest in the UK – although it tops 80mph compared to over 100mph on some of its speedier competitors.

We reveal the fastest rollercoasters in the world and just how fast they go:

Formula Rossa, Abu Dhabi, UAE – 149mph

 Formula Rossa in the UAE is the fastest rollercoaster in the world

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Formula Rossa in the UAE is the fastest rollercoaster in the worldCredit: Wikipedia
 Formula Rossa hits a top speed in five seconds

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Formula Rossa hits a top speed in five seconds

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is home to the fastest steel rollercoaster in the world – Formula Rossa.

The ride hits 149mph in just five seconds using a hydraulic launch system, with riders experiencing up to 4.8 g-force throughout the ride.

It is so fast that passengers have to wear goggles to avoid being hit in the face by bugs and insects.

Kingda Ka, New Jersey, US – 128mph

 Kingda Ka in the US has speeds up to 128mph

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Kingda Ka in the US has speeds up to 128mphCredit: Wikipedia
 It is one of two stratacoasters in the world

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It is one of two stratacoasters in the worldCredit: Getty – Contributor

Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure can reach speeds of 128mph.

It was the fastest in the world until Formula Rossa opened in 2010, although it’s still the tallest in the world.

It is also only one of two stratacoasters in the world – a ride that has drops of at least 400 feet.

Top Thrill Dragster, Ohio, US – 120mph

 Top Thrill Dragster has speeds up to 120mph

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Top Thrill Dragster has speeds up to 120mphCredit: Steve@the alligator farm/Flickr
 Top Thrill Dragster was once the fastest in the world

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Top Thrill Dragster was once the fastest in the worldCredit: Wikipedia

Also in the US is Top Thrill Dragster, found at Cedar Point.

The top speed is 120mph, and it is the only other stratacoaster in the word.

It only recently re-opened after closing for weeks due to a faulty part.

Red Force, Tarragona, Spain – 112mph

 Making the top list is Red Force, which is the fastest in Europe

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Making the top list is Red Force, which is the fastest in EuropeCredit: Avalon
 The ride is tied in top speeds with a rollercoaster in Japan

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The ride is tied in top speeds with a rollercoaster in JapanCredit: Alamy

The only fast rollercoaster to make the list in Europe is Red Force at Ferrari Land in Spain, which opened in 2017.

As the fastest ride in Europe, measuring 112mph, it is tied with Dodonpa in Japan.

A recent viral video showed a young girl laughing after getting hit in the face by a flying bird during the ride.

Do-Dodonpa, Yamanashi, Japan – 112mph

 Do-Dodonpa in Japan has the fastest rollercoaster acceleration in the world

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Do-Dodonpa in Japan has the fastest rollercoaster acceleration in the worldCredit: Wikipedia

The same speed as Red Force, Do-Dodonpa at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan also reaches up to 112mph.

Once the fastest rollercoaster in the world, it has reached 120mph during tests – although engineers capped the speed after it wasn’t reliable enough for passengers.

While it is no longer the fastest in the world (losing the title in 2003) it still has the fastest acceleration in the world, of zero to 107mph in just 1.6 seconds.

Superman: Escape from Krypton, California, US – 100mph

 Superman: Escape from Krypton riders are fired backwards at 100mph

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Superman: Escape from Krypton riders are fired backwards at 100mphCredit: Wikipedia
 The ride was rebranded in 2010

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The ride was rebranded in 2010Credit: Prayitno/Flickr

At Six Flags Magic Mountain is the Superman: Escape from Krypton ride, which travels up to 100mph.

Rebranded from Superman: The Escape in 2010, it was the fastest rollercoaster in the world until Do-Donpa opened in 2001.

Riders travel backwards up 415 feet during the ride, before coming back down to the platform station.

Tower of Terror II, Queensland, Australia – 100mph

 The Tower of Terror in Australia

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The Tower of Terror in AustraliaCredit: Alamy
 The Tower of Terror also fires passengers backwards at 100mph

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The Tower of Terror also fires passengers backwards at 100mphCredit: Wikipedia

The Tower of Terror II at Dreamworld has the same top speed as the Superman: Escape from Krypton ride.

Riders also get fired backwards at 100mph through a flashing tunnel before being propelled up a vertical track.

It was changed from the original Tower of Terror in 2010 after 13 years.

Six Flags recently announced they were building the fastest rollercoaster in the world at their new theme park in Saudi Arabia.

Called Falcon’s Flight, it would hit speeds up to 155mph.

The fastest dive coaster in the world is in Canada, with the Yukon Striker hitting speeds up to 80mph.




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