The World’s Fastest Roller Coaster is a Ferrari

The fastest ride at Ferrari's just-opened Abu Dhabi theme park looks like an F1 car and for excellent reason: it pulls 4.8 g's on launch. Here's video of Ferrari's F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa riding it.

The ride is called Formula Rossa and it uses a hydraulic launch system—the same technology used to get fighter jets off the deck of aircraft carriers—to accelerate the train to 150 mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s four times the g’s produced by a Bugatti Veyron under full acceleration and is enough to give even seasoned Formula One drivers face warps.


Which is somewhat frightening: over the course of their careers, Formula One drivers evolve massive necks to keeps their heads from flying off their torsos in the faster corners (or use them to crack walnuts, as Fernando Alonso has shown).

Regular humans, and you can check this with the help of a mirror, do not possess such necks. Which brings a dilemma of sorts. I’ll have to ride this thing if I ever find myself in Abu Dhabi again. But how, in my new state of existence as a headless zombie, will I wear my hats again?

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