The World’s Fastest Roller Coaster Requires Riders to Wear Safety Goggles

Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, requires riders to wear safety glasses to protect their eyes from impact with insects or grains of sand. As part of the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi, the Formula Rossa roller coaster was designed to emulate the Formula 1 experience, and even features a cart shaped like an F1 supercar. The track features a series of sharp turns and sudden drops capable of generating up to 4.8 G. However, what really sets this roller coaster apart from the rest is the speed. As the fastest roller coaster ever built, it reaches a top speed of 149mph and goes from 0-62mph in just 2 seconds, thanks to a hydraulic launch system similar to that of steam catapults on aircraft carriers. The cars start in an air-conditioned environment before being shot out of the building, running around the track, and being delivered back into the building again. The roller coaster can accommodate up to 16 people at a time.