World's fastest roller coaster appeals to human desire for thrills

Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:10 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The Formula Rossa rollercoaster boasts acceleration from 0 to 60mph (97km/h) in 2 seconds, and takes the title from the Kingda Ka in New Jersey, US, which reaches speeds of 128mph. But could you stomach such speeds? Why are some people so risk-averse, while others seek to find the highest, most adrenaline-filled activity they can find?

Read more from The BBC.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:15 PM

You know, as they talk about what triggers excitement, and especially the comment about speed alone not being exciting, I'm going to go on record and predict that some will find Formula Rossa boring after the launch and hill.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:43 PM

Some already have. Welcome to CoasterBuzz, Jeff. ;)

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:04 PM

"The Formula Rossa rollercoaster boasts acceleration from 0 to 60mph (97km/h) in 2 seconds, and takes the title from the Kingda Ka in New Jersey, US, which reaches speeds of 128mph"

I think the BBC needs to work on their math. Last time I checked, 60mph < 128mph.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:30 PM

"Be prepared to reach speeds of up to 240 km/h (149mph) and enjoy a feeling similar to a Formula One racing driver."

Doesn't sound like the BBC needs to check anything.

0 to 60 just seems to be a standard for measuring performance in sports cars.

Their sentence construction could stand some work, though.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:24 PM

As a combination roller coaster nut/musical theatre nut, I really liked this quote:

...It is the creativity in rollercoaster design which is key, not the height or speed. A rollercoaster choreographer is more like a musician or conductor and sort of leads the rider through his score, script.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 12:51 AM

I've always thought roller coaster design might just be the perfect balance of right brain and left brain activity. There's the creative side that needs to look good and be well 'choreogrpahed' and the numbers side where all the physics and forces have to be in check.

It's a middle ground that feels like it'd be totally satisfying. :)

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:01 AM

I'll never forget my wife's comment after the first Top Thrill Dragter ride: "I think I missed it."

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:32 PM

Haha! That's hilarious, Ferret!

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Friday, October 29, 2010 3:57 PM

There's a picture to the right near the end of the article of what appears to be a twin-track steel coaster...one track red, one track blue. If I'm seeing it correctly..and I had eye surgery last Friday, so I may not be... one train is inverting at the same time the other is not. Can anyone ID that ride?

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Friday, October 29, 2010 4:06 PM

^Sure - Fiorano GT Challenge. http://www.rcdb.com/4245.htm

:)

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Friday, October 29, 2010 4:30 PM

Sigh. http://coasterbuzz.com/coaster/2257/fiorano-gt-challenge.aspx

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Friday, October 29, 2010 4:46 PM

^Sorry Jeff - I had checked that, but we have no photos of the ride...yet! (Maybe we ccan get Richard on that...LOL!)... :)

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Friday, October 29, 2010 5:56 PM

I think Mike G. is referring to this pic, which is of Battlestar Galactica at Universal Studios Singapore.

Last edited by Vater, Friday, October 29, 2010 5:56 PM
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