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Video of Ferrari's F1 drivers riding the world's fastest roller coaster

November 11, 2010, 4:29 PM · Ferrari World Abu Dhabi just posted this obligatory (yet, quite awesome) video of Ferrari's Formula 1 drivers, Felipe Massa (on the left) and Fernando Alonso (on the right), riding the Formula Rossa roller coaster, now the world's fastest.

I can't embed this RPOV (reverse point-of-view) video, so you'll have to follow the link:

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso riding the Formula Rossa roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Isn't it awesome what 149 miles per hour can do to a human face?

Replies (8)

November 11, 2010 at 5:09 PM · Their faces are priceless!!!!!! I would love to go on that ride.....just plain speed.
November 11, 2010 at 9:53 PM · First and most importantly, it is great to see Massa recovered nicely from that little run in between his face and that rogue suspension bit.

Secondly, for more wonderful footage of speed involuntarily creating silly faces, see here, especially the 3:00 mark:

November 12, 2010 at 10:08 AM · We need a trip report for this park ASAP.
November 12, 2010 at 2:45 PM · While the initial take off looks intense..... does it look like the ride becomes somewhat unimpressive after that?
There needs to be more rides where there is a finale or something cool at the end of the ride instead of it being at the beginning always. When you go see a band play, they usually save the big numbers or biggest hits for the end. You have that to look forward too, but in so many rides the "big hit" is at or near the beginning (in this case the take-off). Would be nice to see more rides where there is a big hit at the end.
November 12, 2010 at 4:17 PM · Looks scary....I hate roller coasters, by the way
November 13, 2010 at 8:14 AM · Re: The anonymous poster above. To a large extent you're right. But take a ride like El Toro or Voyage. Those rides make wonderful use of late elements and are just as intense near the finale as they are at the outset.

One of the reasons I loved the Ramones is that they didn't necessarily bunch their best known songs (I won't say hits, because they never had hit singles) at the end of the set. I Wanna Be Sedated, probably their best known tune, was often played pretty early, if they played it at all. I miss them. And Warren Zevon, too..another artist who treated his songs never knew when he'd play what.

November 13, 2010 at 9:58 AM · That guy's face on the right looks like Roger Moore's face in "Moonraker" where James Bond is strapped in a centrifuge and forced to endure deadly G-forces.
November 13, 2010 at 10:13 AM · I agree it is nice to have that element of surprise in the bands setlist. I too am a big Ramones fan and got to see them live twice.... which was like being on a rollercoaster in it's own way (hold on, cause they have started and are not slowing down till it's
I guess it just seems like a lot of rides start out with a bang and kind of fizzle to the end. I am sure the ones you have mentioned are examples of some that don't. I'd just like to see some more rides out there where your big finale or the climax is toward the end since it seems like their are more rides (especially coasters) that have the biggest crowd pleaser up front.

The speed on this ride does look impressive though. sure it is a big thrill and it looks very smooth. It may have more to it after the initial take off than I am giving it credit for. The banking would be fun to me, was there anything at the end to give air time?

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