Carowinds announces Fury 325

Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

For more than 40 years, Carowinds has been the place where the Carolinas come together. It’s where the Tar Heel State and the Palmetto State meet. It’s where families and friends bond over thrilling rides and entertainment. Carowinds will now unite its storied history with its future as the standard for thrills by unleashing Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster.

Fury 325 will simulate the wild, daring and spontaneous flight of the hornet. The new ride will be visible from uptown Charlotte, renewing the park’s skyline and serving as a symbol of changes to come. Fury 325 is part of a planned $50 million dollar multiyear investment to bring new life to founder Pat Hall’s original vision for Carowinds. The park will be revamped from top to bottom to celebrate Carolina culture including new rides and attractions, signature Carolina food offerings and entertainment. Opening in Spring 2015, Fury 325 will be the centerpiece of a new 8.2 acre main entrance plaza that includes a state–of–the–art ticketing and season pass processing area and expanded guest service facilities.

“Starting with Fury 325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrillseekers to celebrate the Carolinas,” says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds Vice President and General Manager. “The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world.”

Riders will board into three 32–passenger open air trains and begin their ascent to the top of a 325–foot (over 30 stories) hill. This immense hill is followed by an exhilarating 81 degree first drop. Like an angry hornet chasing its target, Fury 325 will race through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. Riders will speed along 6,602 feet of track during the nearly three and one half minute ride.

“The tradition of the park is so important to those who have grown up here,” says Fehnel. “It’s long overdue that we gave our fans a new energy surrounding Carowinds, which will build on our legacy as the premiere entertainment destination for generations of Carolinians.”

Those who can’t wait until Spring 2015 to experience Fury 325 can take a virtual ride at carowinds.com/fury325 where they can also check out photos, virtual renderings, ride stats and more. This Fall, fans can purchase a 2015 season pass or renew current season passes for the lowest price of the year at carowinds.com. Fury 325 is designed and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) of Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development and the same firm that brought Vortex to Carowinds in 1992, Afterburn in 1999, and The Intimidator™ in 2010.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:30 PM
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I totally see "furry" every time. And no, I'm not into furries.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:33 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Score yourself a daily double if you manage to make this your 325th credit.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:36 PM
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It looks great. The layouts of some of the newer B&M Speed Coasters (Leviathan, Intimidator, even Behemoth) feel like they lack something. The extra 1,000 or so feet of track on this design look like they'll add a nice finale to make it feel more complete.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:46 PM
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My "problem" (quibble might be a better word) with the B&M speed coasters I've ridden is that they don't sustain the high speeds; rather, they mostly go up and down, up and down, up and down, so every time you get going you head back up and start slowing down again. Granted, you're going for some airtime, which is nice, but my preference is for a balance of airtime and sustained speed. The layout for this one looks to be exactly that. Awesome!


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:58 PM
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I admit I was skeptical when Leviathan was announced that it would be too redundant with Behemoth (as has been discussed here many times), but after actually going there and experiencing both, you really can have two B&M speed coasters in the same park with two different experiences. Much like having multiple wooden coasters of different design styles, the out-and-back hyper/twister giga really makes for a nice combo.

Again, I'm really excited for this. Carowinds has received annual visits from me the past few years, and this will ensure that I continue to go there year after year in the future. It's easily one of my favorite parks.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:17 PM
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Let me know when you're down here next time :-).


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:23 PM
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I for one will not stand for them disrespecting Millennium Force like this!


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:28 PM
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Wow. Just watched the video. That looks amazing. I love that the bottom of the track is a different color. It really brings out the banking of the corners. That swoop under the entrance pathway is great, too. It will definitely intimidate people on their way in... but I guess that name was taken.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:19 PM

awesome addition to the parks coaster lineup, i loved afterburn and intimidator and now a 3rd B&M. Im glad they didn't go with a crappy wingrider!


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:21 PM

Having the opportunity to ride Apollo, Nitro, Raging Bull, Diamondback,Intimadator Behemoth, and Leviathan....Leviathan most definitely keeps its speed throughout the ride @Bakeman. I'm drooling looking at this...already renewed my pass so I'm just waiting.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:52 PM
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Actually, Gonch...

I bet I could! I'm hitting 300 next week and doing dollywood and Florida in the winter. I may have to try for it.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:04 PM

I want one in my back yard.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:34 PM
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The more I look at this, the more I feel like it's the ride we all wanted Millennium Force to be, we just didn't know it at the time.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:35 PM

Wow! Just wow! This ride looks incredible! From the color scheme to the entrance fly-over (and under) to the lack of a MCBR this ride looks amazing. I love how it has both high-speed banked turns and what looks to be some awesome airtime. One thing I noticed, the transfer track is in a strange spot for a B&M. I can't think of a B&M that has it's transfer track in between the station and the lift hill. The only thing that could make it better (this is not a complaint), would be a cable lift like I305 and MF. Guess who might be heading to Charlotte soon? :-)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:39 PM

Wow. Very nice. Very nice indeed.

My first reaction is to note that they went with the 4 across trains, rather than the staggered ones that seem to have become popular with B&M hyper coasters.

My second thought is that it took 15 years to break the record for the tallest gravity powered coaster. From 1989 through 2000, it seemed like someone was always one upping the height record every year to two, then it kinda stagnated.

I would have liked another airtime hill or two, but I guess this is just trying to differentiate itself from Intimidator. Again, a very good ride overall.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:10 PM

This ride makes my local parks Raging Bull look kind of small.

Double sweet would be a Coasterbuzz event to get some ERT on this new ride!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:18 PM

gamerguy said:

awesome addition to the parks coaster lineup, i loved afterburn and intimidator and now a 3rd B&M.

Isn't this the 4th B&M, don't they also still have a Stand-up, Vortex?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:30 PM
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Yes, but this is only the 3rd one that matters. ;)

Actually, I kind of enjoyed my last lap on Vortex.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:51 PM
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Looks like my dream coaster! I'll be paying a visit to Carowinds early in the season next year for sure!

Does the park still open the back entrance? Afterburn interacts with the path inside the entrance in the back of the park much like Fury will interact with the path outside the main entrance.

Are there any other insect themed coasters? I know of The Fly at Canada's Wonderland. That's all I know of.

So, where the "clues" that they have been giving about this new coaster a bunch of red herrings or did I miss something?


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Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:59 PM
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Bakeman31092 said:

My "problem" (quibble might be a better word) with the B&M speed coasters I've ridden is that they don't sustain the high speeds; rather, they mostly go up and down, up and down, up and down, so every time you get going you head back up and start slowing down again. Granted, you're going for some airtime, which is nice, but my preference is for a balance of airtime and sustained speed. The layout for this one looks to be exactly that. Awesome!

And this is precisely why I like Millennium Force so much. I never understood the hate for MF. In fact some of the start/stop/start of older B+M's (Apollo leaps to mind) can actually make me slightly nauseous on a bad day.

This ride looks amazing! In every way possible. I think a trip to CW will be in order for next summer for sure.

And if in fact they are reverting to the old style trains, bravo! I cannot stand the new staggered style trains for a multitude of reasons.

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