Formula Rossa takes the crown but it looks rubbish (POV)

Sunday, December 5, 2010 5:54 PM

Corkscrew Follies, I believe one of the ties actually fell off the ride at ~100 MPH. Thats obviously dangerous to happen, so they removed the tires.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010 11:21 PM
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Here's an idea, get on a plane and ride it :-)


Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010 11:27 PM

Just a hunch, but an *enormous difference* between the tires on Formula Rossa, Speed Monster, iSpeed, and Senzafiato, and the tires that were originally mounted on TTD is simple: weight.

The original TTD tires were honest to goodness rubber tires. These are heavy. The average car tire weighs what, 20 pounds? TTD's are easily twice as wide and have way more rubber/weight, so let's conservatively guess they weighed 50 pounds. TTD pulls "4.0+", but I'm going to say 4.5. So assuming I'm right, they're hanging an extra 225 pounds per wheel off the back of each train, held on by what looks like a single pipe bolted through the center of the wheel.

All the new "wheeled" rockets have molded plastic (/fiberglass? I don't know... thin fake wheels) tires which are, among other things, way smaller and way lighter and in at least 3 of 4 cases, hollow. I'd wager heavily that you'll never see a ride throw one of these, even FR.

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Monday, December 6, 2010 7:54 AM

Rick_UK said:
Here's an idea, get on a plane and ride it :-)

Look, we get it. You live close to the park, and can ride it with very little relative travel difficulty. Most of us in the US cannot. You win, or whatever.


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Monday, December 6, 2010 12:25 PM
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In the future, maybe someone will dig tunnels through earth's core, so that travel to ride an obscure roller coaster, in (what most Americans would consider it to be) a third-world country, will be cheaper and easier. ;)


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Monday, December 6, 2010 1:14 PM
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Do people consider Abu Dhabi a third world country? And if so, why? It's got a freakin Farrai theme park. That's hardly third world. I didn't think any of the UAE was considered third world.


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Monday, December 6, 2010 2:35 PM

Especially considering that Abu Dhabi not technically a country in the first place, so anyone who considers it a third world country is rather ignorant on two levels.

(obligatory winky face)

But yea it's not so much that it's third world, it's just really, really far away and thus expensive to get to, and as I have expressed before, the UAE isn't even in my top 5 places-to-go in the middle east, and probably isn't even top 50 of places-to-go in the world.


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Monday, December 6, 2010 2:37 PM

Tekwardo said:
Do people consider Abu Dhabi a third world country? And if so, why? It's got a freakin Farrai theme park. That's hardly third world. I didn't think any of the UAE was considered third world.

Yeah, I'm with Tek. The term "Third World" has come to signify impoverished areas..like my apartment. But the shoe doesn't fit for Abu Dhabi, or any of the other countries that make up the United Arab Emirates.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

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Monday, December 6, 2010 3:29 PM
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LostKause said:
In the future, maybe someone will dig tunnels through earth's core, so that travel to ride an obscure roller coaster, in (what most Americans would consider it to be) a third-world country, will be cheaper and easier. ;)

I'm going to request that roller coasters also be used as the method of transportation through said tunnels. Thanks.


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Monday, December 6, 2010 3:34 PM

SFoGswim said:

I'm going to request that roller coasters also be used as the method of transportation through said tunnels. Thanks.

You stole my line!!!!


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Monday, December 6, 2010 4:51 PM
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A lot of Americans consider any place that isn't North America, Europe, Asia, or Austria to be a Third World country. Heck, most Americans haven't even heard of Dhabi.

Roller coasters that launch through the earth's core for travel would be awesome! If teleportation comes first, we will never see that happen. lol


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Monday, December 6, 2010 5:05 PM
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Most Americans are apparently stupid then.


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Monday, December 6, 2010 5:44 PM
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^^Why does Austria get a special shout out? LOL . . . Isn't it in Europe?

(two minutes later)

Ooohhhh.... Australia.

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Monday, December 6, 2010 8:47 PM
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Which was my point, Jeff.

But actually, by definition, only some people are stupid. ;)

Oops, delan. I meant Australia. It was a spell check mistake on my part, and now that you commented on it, I don't think it would be cool for me to go edit it. poo. :)

Now I've gone and done it. ;)


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 2:26 AM
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djDaemon said:

Look, we get it. You live close to the park, and can ride it with very little relative travel difficulty. Most of us in the US cannot. You win, or whatever.

No, I live further away from the park than you do.


Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 5:48 AM

Hi all,

First of all: thanks for featuring my POV video of this ride on this forum!

Just signed up to this forum to share my opinion of the ride with you all. A little bit about me: I don't get easily thrilled by any roller coaster and as for the Formula Rossa I can say that the launch, indeed was something special to experience! The rest of the track was 'okay', but nothing really special if you ask me.

We jumped on twice while we were there and before getting on the second time (well, actually we were already in the carts) the roller coaster broke down: we were in 'launch' position when the coaster just made a puffing noise and was pulled back in... Had no clue what that was all about, but 15 minutes and 2 test runs later we were allowed to board again and were launched onto the track...

Anyway, IMHO the Ferrari park features only 1 real roller coaster which is the Formula Rossa... I have a video of the other roller coaster (forgot the name, I'll look it up before I post it) and have to say that that was a pretty lame ride... The water slides in Aquaventure (Dubai) were more exciting than that ride... ;-)

I'll keep you posted on the video of that other ride...

Cheers,
Stefan

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 8:34 AM
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Dude, I love your roller coaster hat.


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 1:14 PM

Some people probably consider Detroit a third world country. Or at least parts of it.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 2:36 PM
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Well, they'd be wrong... it's a third world city.


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Friday, December 31, 2010 1:11 AM

I got to see this in person last night, but didn't end up getting to ride it. I was in Dubai for work this week, and had a few hours to try and run down to ride a coaster before my flight out. In usual Intamin fashion, the ride broke down after I waited 2 1/2 hours. They claimed it was 'maintenance' (ha) but they pulled the train back into the station and kicked everyone off. I was probably 3 or 4 trains from getting on the ride.

Because I had a flight to catch, I had to give up and head back to Dubai.

Thoughts: The launch is as intense as Top Thrill Dragster, but longer obviously. The train is FLYING over that first hill. I imagine the airtime has to be INTENSE.

They only sell so many front of the line passes, which sell out within minutes in the morning apparently. I was kind of hoping I'd be able to pay the extra in the afternoon and get front of the line privileges as I really only wanted to ride the one ride.

Taxis from Dubai Airport to Ferrari World are approximately 200AED. Not bad really.


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