A new roller coaster being developed at Six Flags Theme Park, Qiddiya is destined to set new records as the world’s fastest, transporting passengers at speeds of in excess of 250+ kilometers per hour!
The ride, named ‘Falcon’s Flight’, will also be the world’s longest and tallest roller coaster, carrying passengers almost 4 kilometers. The ride will incorporate a vertical cliff dive maneuver and a parabolic airtime hill that will provide a ‘weightlessness airtime experience’. The whole ride will last more or less three minutes.
The world’s longest and tallest roller coaster, carrying passengers almost 4KMS
Philippe Gas, CEO of Qiddiya, commented: “Falcon’s Flight will dominate the skyline at Qiddiya, weaving all the way around our destination, right out of the theme park, up the cliffside and down the cliff face – the greatest drop of any ride in the world. It won’t be for the fainthearted.”
At present, the world’s fastest roller coaster is the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which hits a maximum speed of 239km/h, according to Roller Coaster Database. The US holds the record for the current tallest coaster, the 418-foot-tall Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Kingda Ka is also presently the world’s second-fastest coaster, reaching speeds of 205km/h.
Intamin, the company that is designing Falcon’s Flight, also worked on Formula Rossa and various other prestigious rides around the world.
The 79-acre Six Flags Theme Park will consist of 28 rides plus other attractions such as sports arenas and concert venues. Falcon’s Flight is set to be unveiled in the first phase of the development, which is expected to open in 2023. The park is being built in a valley beside Tuwaiq Mountain, which features spectacular 650-foot cliffs.
“The worldwide unique setting and heights such as the natural cliff will enable us to design an architectural masterpiece in steep,” said Daniel Schoppen, Vice President of Design and Development at Intamin.