01 of 05
It Will Feature Europe's Fastest and Tallest Roller Coaster
In 2017, PortAventura, the theme park resort near Barcelona, Spain, will open Ferrari Land. The 15-acre (60,000 square meters) area will feature a number of rides and attractions that will pay homage to the legendary carmaker as well as its Italian heritage.
It will follow the UAE's Ferrari World, the first theme park to feature the iconic auto brand. Unlike the standalone indoor theme park in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari Land will be outdoors (the seaside location in Spain has a more hospitable climate) and will be a part of the existing PortAventura park. Admission to the land will be included with admission to the park.
Rather than gunning for the record of the world's fastest coaster currently held by Formula Rossa at Ferrari World (which reaches 149 mph or 240 km/h), the Spain park will settle for Europe's fastest (and tallest) coaster. The new Vertical Accelerator will race at 112 mph (180 km/h), which will rank it as the fourth fastest coaster in the world. (Because the land bears a... Ferrari theme, it is obligated to have a really fast ride, right?)
Another ride highlight will be Bounce Back Towers (some of the names of the attractions may be working titles), a freefall ride with two towers. They will be 180 feet (55 meters) tall and will launch upward from the ground, drop to the ground from the top, and bounce up and down the towers. Port Aventura already offers one of the world's tallest drop tower rides, Hurakan Condor, which rises 100 meters (328 feet).
Other features will include Ferrari race car simulators that will be designed for adults as well as children, Ferrari race car-themed go karts, an Italian village with trattorias and shops, and opportunities to purchase Ferrari items. In addition to the theme park land, Port Aventura will build the world's first Ferrari-themed hotel.
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02 of 05
Vertical Accelerator Coaster Will Hit 112 mph (180 km/h)
Like Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey and Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Ohio, both of which go faster than Vertical Accelerator's projected speed, the Ferrari land ride will be a rocket coaster and feature a tophat tower. The trains will barrel out of the station, quickly accelerate to 112 mph (180 km/h), and climb 90 degrees straight up the 367-foot (112 meters) tower. They will slow at the apex and freefall 90 degrees down the other side of the tower before racing back to the station. Unlike the similar U.S. rides, Vertical Accelerator will use magnetic motors to catapult the trains rather than a hydraulic launch system.
Vertical Accelerator will complement PortAventura's existing, impressive collection of coasters which includes the 249-foot-tall (76 meters) hypercoaster, Shambhala, Europe's current height champ, and the unique launched wing coaster, Furius Baco, which roars out of the station at a furious 84 mph (135 km/h) and is currently... Europe's fastest thrill machine.
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Start Your Engines
It wouldn't be a Ferrari land without race car opportunities. Visitors will be able to hop into go-karts made to look like Ferrari race cars and compete on a 1870-foot (570 meters) circuit track. The land will also offer sophisticated racing car simulators designed both for adults and younger guests. They will give users the opportunity to virtually race on a realistic course.
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Visit Italy -- in Spain
A section of the land will transport visitors to Italy and include facsimiles of famous sights such as the Colosseum and the Campanile di San Marco. There will also be a trattoria and other dining opportunities. PortAventura is well regarded for its food, and the new eateries should continue that tradition.
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Room with a Vroom
After spending the day immersed in all things Ferrari, what better place to dream about being a Formula One superstar that in a luxurious Ferrari hotel? PortAventura is promising that the 250-room hotel will offer 5-star service (and likely charge a 5-star price) and include restaurants and more car racing simulators.