Roller Coaster enthusiasts pick a seat, buckle in, grab that pull bar and hold on for speed. These are the top 10 fastest roller coasters in the world.
Starting with number 10 on our list.
10. Millennium Force, United States
Nestled in the Cedar Point amusement park located on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio is Millennium Force. This steel giga roller coaster gets up to 92 mph or 148 km/h. A giga roller coaster is a roller coaster that’s between 300 and 399 feet tall and completes a full circuit. The first giga coaster was Millennium Force which opened at Cedar Point in 2000.Millennium Force covers 13 acres of land with two tunnels, three overbanked turns, four hills, and a moment of zero-G.
9. Fury 325, United States
Located at Carowinds an amusement park located on the border of North and South Carolina. The Fury 325 is named for the Charlotte NC’s nickname the “Hornet’s Nest” and another giga coaster reaching 95 mph or 153 km/h. It boasts the title highest giga coaster and non-launch coaster. This track sits on 8.4 acres of land with a barrel roll, s-curve, a giant horseshoe turn, and five hills. Carowinds total ride time is 3 minutes and 25 seconds.
8. Steel Dragon, Japan
Found in Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, Japan. Nagashima Spa Land boasts that they are the 18th most visited park in the world. The Steel Dragon was built in the Asian Lunar calendar year of the Dragon, hints its name. The ride reaches 95 mph, or 153 km/h has two tunnels. The total ride time is clocked at 4 minutes.
7. Ring Racer, Germany
The Ring Racer is located at Nürburgring is a 150,000-capacity motorsports complex located in the town of Nürburg. The high thrill model coaster is themed after Formula-One racing. The Ring Racer goes from 0-99.4 mph or 160 km/h in 2.5 seconds. Which is double what a race car driver would experience in the same amount of time. You travel the oval race like track, in 85 seconds per ride.
6. Tower of Terror, Australia
The Tower of Terror can be found in Australia’s largest amusement park, called Dreamworld theme park in Queensland. This Shuttle model coaster reaches 100 mph or 160 km/h. A shuttle model roller coaster that does not ultimately make a complete circuit, but reverses at a point its course and traverses the same track backward. Due to the speeds of this coaster, it boasts a maximum of 4.5Gs and 6.5 seconds of zero-G time. You can go 0 to 160.9 km/h (0 to 100 mph) in 7 seconds on this 28-second ride.
5. Superman: Escape from Krypton, United States
The Superman: Escape from Krypton is in California’s Six Flags over Magic Mountain. The Superman goes from 0 to 100 mph (167 km/h) in seven seconds in reverse. Superman Escape from Krypton is a launch roller coaster; a launch roller coaster is some of the fastest coasters in the world. Riders experience a g-force of 6.5 seconds, similar to our number 6 ride The Tower of Terror.
4. Dodonpa, Japan
In Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan, you will find Dodonpa. This steel roller coaster is the second to use the power of compressed air to launch its trains. The 55-second ride takes the rider across 3,901 ft of screaming steel tracks. You reach 107 mph or 172 km/h in 1.8 seconds. The ride hopes to stimulate riders with a psychological torture as a physical thrill ride as well. The name of the ride comes from the ominous war drum sounds of taiko drums. The drums add to the tension and often, riders will chant along with the drum sound, which plays three consecutive beats represented by the sounds Do-don-pa.
3. Top Thrill Dragster, United States
Our second fastest roller coaster from Ohio’s Cedar Point. The Top Thrill Dragster is a steel accelerator coaster. The accelerator model roller coaster consists of a long, straight launch track, a top hat tower element, and magnetic brakes that smoothly stop the train without making contact. With a height of 420 ft (130 meters), riders reach 120 mph or 190 km/h in 3.8 seconds. The total ride time has been clocked by Cider Point at 30 seconds in that time riders after the initial launch begin an ascent of a 90-degree incline, twisting 90 degrees clockwise before climbing a 420-foot (130 m) top hat. Upon descending, the track twists 270 degrees before leveling out, allowing the train to be stopped by the magnetic brakes. The Top Thrill Dragster’s theme is based on Top Fuel drag racing motorsport.
2. Kingda Ka, United States
The last United States fastest coaster on our list is the Kingda Ka in New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure. The Kingda Ka is another steel accelerator coaster similar to the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. Reaching speeds of 0 to 128 mph or 206 km/h in 3.5 seconds, making the Kingda Ka the fastest roller coaster in the United States. At the end, trains climb the main top hat tower, at the height of 456 feet (139 meters). The ride is 28 seconds total. The Kingda Ka is named mythical tiger, named for the 500 lb (230 kg) Golden Tabby Bengal tiger who lived on site at the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park. The ride’s sign and station have a Nepalese style. Featuring bamboo, adding to the jungle theme, along with jungle music is played. The ride is found in the Golden Kingdom section of the park.
1. Formula Rossa, United Arab Emirates
The top fastest roller coaster on our list is the Formula Rossa located at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Formula Rossa reaches 149 mph or 240 km/h in 5 seconds using a hydraulic launch system. Riders experience up to 4.8 G’s on the minute and 32-second ride. The track is patterned after the famous Italian race track Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Due to the speed and height of the ride, riders are required to wear protective glasses similar to those used during skydiving. Ferrari World is located on Yas Island. The amusement park is the only Ferrari branded amusement park in the world.
There is our Top 10 Fastest RollerCoasters of the World. Make sure to add these destinations to your travel plans this next summer.