The Flying Aces rollercoaster will open on Wednesday; has the world's tallest loop and fastest and steepest starting hill inclination
Ferrari World’s long-awaited new instalment is finally set to be unveiled on February 24, it has been announced.
Ferrari World on Yas Island has built the first bi-plane themed roller coaster called Flying Aces. The triple record-breaking ride, acclaimed for having the world’s tallest loop and fastest and steepest starting hill inclination, mimics the movements of the 1900s bi-planes to offer extreme gravity defying flight acrobatics that include a 52 metre non-inverted loop, down flips and plenty of airtime.
“There are very few theme parks that have undertaken such a significant expansion as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi,” said general manager of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Jesse Vargas. “Flying Aces will be another one-of-a-kind ride that you can only find at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Its design and storyline are deeply rooted in the rich history of Ferrari.”
In keeping with Ferrari World’s theme of telling the history of the famous car manufacturer through rides and simulators, this new instalment brings to life the story of Ferrari’s legendary Prancing Horse emblem, which was inherited by Enzo Ferrari for good luck and first used by the famous Italian aviator Count Francesco Baracca.
Those brave enough to step foot on the monster coaster will travel at speeds of 120kmph along the 1.5km track.
Five more at Ferrari World
The indoor theme park with the famous red roof is planning to bring in more rides after Flying Aces is launched. In the meantime, here are five rides that you just shouldn’t miss out on at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi…
1 Formula Rossa
The world’s fastest roller coaster provides thrill-seekers the ultimate adrenaline rush with a turbo-charged Ferrari experience. Get strapped in to a Ferrari F1 carriage that rockets along the tracks reaching 0-100 kmph in less than two seconds, accelerating to 240 km/h. Formula Rossa simulates the heart-pounding rush of what it’s like to drive a Ferrari F1 racer and you’ll see Yas Island vistas at high speeds and from more than 50 metres off the ground. You’ll be required to don protective eyewear to shield your peepers from the wind force generated by the coaster’s g-force and mind-blowing speeds, in a coaster powered by the same kind of hydraulic winch system used to launch jet planes. Some might just want to shut their eyes, anyway. For speed-freaks and thrill-seekers who absolutely must ride the fastest roller coaster on earth, this is a must. The world-famous attraction is the ultimate, high-intensity goal, so make sure you persevere with the queue – it’s well worth the wait.
This cute little ride is a miniature recreation of famous Italian cityscapes and structures. The slow-moving ride is reminiscent of “It’s a Small World” in California’s original Disneyland Park and is a welcome relief from the faster moving rides in the indoor theme park. Bell’Italia features 17 stops over a 6,300 metre squared area passing the picturesque Portofino and the Amalfi Coast, proceeding to the Monza racetrack, the Colosseum in Roma, the canals of Venezia and Maranello, the home of Ferrari. The course can be covered on foot or in small-scale Ferrari 250 California Spider cars that allow you to control the pace of the Italian touring experience.
3 Karting Academy
Launched during the F1 season in November 2014, Karting Academy is a hands-on, adrenaline-fuelled racing experience. Whether a beginner or a serious sprinter, visitors to Ferrari World can test their racing skills aboard advanced electric powered go-karts and challenge family and friends around a 290m track. You’ll reach speeds of up to 80kmph. Amongst the safest rides of its kind in the world, Karting Academy is guaranteed fun and offers up some serious bragging rights. You’ll want to queue up for this one more than once.
4 Fiorano GT Challenge
This exciting ‘duelling’ coaster sends two trains of three Ferrari F430 Spider carriages careering along parallel tracks in a high octane race to the finish line. The first thrill ride of its kind in the region, Fiorano GT Challenge rips around hairpin turns in a high-speed duel between two trains to reach the finish line. There is never a tie and always a winner (and a loser) on this ride.
5 Scuderia Challenge
This is the closest you will get to becoming an F1 driver without actually stepping into a car. The Scuderia Challenge is a state-of-the-art simulator based on the professional training simulators used by the Scuderia Ferrari drivers. This is a level of realism way beyond an arcade game, giving guests a taste of a real life racing experience. Sitting behind authentic Ferrari F1 steering wheels in real Ferrari seats, you can navigate the nearby Yas Marina Circuit, either racing against your friends in a group of eight or in an individual time trial.