Formula Rossa

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Formula Rossa
Formula Rossa coaster.jpg
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
LocationFerrari World Abu Dhabi
Coordinates24°29′3.1014″N 54°36′44.7546″E / 24.484194833°N 54.612431833°E / 24.484194833; 54.612431833Coordinates: 24°29′3.1014″N 54°36′44.7546″E / 24.484194833°N 54.612431833°E / 24.484194833; 54.612431833
Opening date4 November 2010 (2010-11-04)
General statistics
TypeSteel – Launched
ModelAccelerator Coaster
Lift/launch systemHydraulic Launch Track
Height52 m (170.6 ft)
Length2,000 m (6,562 ft)
Speed240 km/h (149.1 mph)
Capacity625 riders per hour
Acceleration0 to 240 km/h (0 to 149 mph) in 4.9 seconds
Height restriction140–195 cm (4 ft 7 in–6 ft 5 in)
Trains4 trains with 4 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders per train.
WebsiteOfficial website
Formula Rossa at RCDB
Pictures of Formula Rossa at RCDB

Formula Rossa (Arabic: فورمولا روسا) is a launched roller coaster located at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Manufactured by Intamin, Formula Rossa is the world's fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 240 km/h (149.1 mph).[3][4]


In its planning stage it was called F1 Coaster. On 4 November 2010, the roller coaster officially opened to the public.

Ride description[edit]

The coaster train accelerates to its top speed in 4.9 seconds using a hydraulic launch system which generates a release velocity similar to that of steam catapults on an aircraft carrier.[citation needed] Riders experience up to 1.7 G-force during acceleration and up to 4.8 g throughout the ride.[2][5] The roller coaster track is 2.2 km (1.4 mi) in length, ranking it sixth in the world for steel roller coasters.[6][7] Its shape was inspired by the legendary Italian racetrack Autodromo Nazionale Monza.[8] Due to the high air speeds and thus risk of an impact with airborne particulates or insects, all riders are required to wear safety glasses. Formula Rossa surpassed Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure as the world's fastest roller coaster,[9][10] with Kingda Ka retaining the record of the tallest roller coaster in the world.[11]

Notable passengers[edit]

Ferrari Formula One drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso rode Formula Rossa on 11 November 2010, three days before the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In 2014, Alonso and new teammate Kimi Räikkönen rode the coaster,[citation needed] while Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel rode in 2015.[12]


  1. ^ Sponseller, Dwain (April 2, 2014). "Formula Rossa". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Formula Rossa - World's Fastest roller coaster". Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Record Holders - Speed". Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  4. ^ Ferrari (6 May 2010). "Formula Rossa". Ferrari. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  5. ^ Lang, Olivia; Koo, Cat (27 October 2010). "World's fastest rollercoaster: Could you stomach it?". BBC News. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Formula Rossa (Ferrari World Abu Dhabi)". Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Formula Rossa > news > Home > Amusement". Intamin Worldwide. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  8. ^ Borel, Brooke (14 March 2011). "How It Works: The World's Fastest Rollercoaster". Popular Science. Archived from the original on 28 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  9. ^ Ferrari World. "Formula Rossa - Making of". Video. Ferrari. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  10. ^ Ferrari World. "The making of Formula Rossa". Ferrari World. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  11. ^ Marden, Duane. "Record Holders  (Tallest Roller Coasters)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  12. ^ Smith, Luke (27 November 2015). "Vettel, Raikkonen take on world's fastest rollercoaster in Abu Dhabi (VIDEO)". NBC Sports. Retrieved 30 November 2015.

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Preceded by
Kingda Ka
World's Fastest Roller Coaster
November 2010 – Present