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I thought the coaster car itself was animated, but as I looked at it in it's full size (1500 x 1000) the hood still looks a bit too shiny, but the seats look very detailed. Anyway, that was my 2 cents. Turns out that the picture is real. I got official word from the park (or the PR guy supporting the park):

 

The picture is definitely real and is not an animated rendering or a composite.

 

He also confirmed that it's being built by Maurer Sohne as RCDB has it listed, he said that he'd try to get additional stats as well.

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The apocalypse has happened.  Mission Ferrari is finally testing! I'm not sure if we can link the video I'm seeing going around Instagram, but it's there if you search for it.

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I, too, hope this park finds success. Is there anything else...at all...that would draw visitors to the area besides Ferrari World?

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^^Well, did your very reliable source confirm that it completely a circuit? And does said source maybe have some pictures or videos of it in action?

 

Please take a more civil tone when someone has contributed "hard to get" news and photos from the Middle East on multiple occasions for TPR.

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^^Well, did your very reliable source confirm that it completely a circuit? And does said source maybe have some pictures or videos of it in action?

 

 

Yeah man! Got an artists impression of your ass with my boot up it.

 

I was due to work on the filming of the first test run on that day but had other commitments so could not make it. I will of course attempt to get some photos. I would hate to disappoint you.

 

Dubaidave

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http://www.blooloop.com/PressReleases/Theme-Parks-Ferrari-World-Abu-Dhabi-Honoured-at-Cityscape-Abu-Dhabi-Awards/2205

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi achieved recognition at the Cityscape Abu Dhabi Awards 2010, presented at a gala dinner held at the Emirates Palace Hotel on the evening of 18th April 2010.

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi won the "Best Commercial, Office, Retail Future Development" award at the ceremony aimed to reward excellence in real estate development and investment in the Middle East and North Africa, with awards given to companies and projects that have shown outstanding performance and achievement in real estate development and architecture.

 

Mohammed Al Mubarak, Chief Commercial Officer of Aldar commented: "It is a great honour to receive this award on behalf of the entire team who has worked on the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi project. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is one example of Abu Dhabi's evolution into a key global tourist destination that is part of the 2030 plan spearheaded by the Abu Dhabi government."

 

"This award is a testament to Aldar's long term vision and commitment to excellence. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a truly unique and iconic landmark for the United Arab Emirates and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We look forward to welcoming the world to this distinctive attraction later this year," commented Claus Frimand, General Manager of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

 

Set to open in the second half of 2010, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be the world's first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. It will feature over 20 unique rides, attractions and shows designed to bring to life different elements of the Ferrari story. Key attractions will include the world's fastest rollercoaster, an aerial voyage through Italy following a Ferrari and a flume ride journey through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine.

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The press release is out and the embargo is over.

Will post the full release tomorrow but here are some important points.

 

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Key facts about Formula Rossa

 World’s fastest roller coaster reaching speeds of up to 240 kph

 0 to 100 km in 2 seconds

 Winch system uses 20,800 horsepower

 2.07 kilometer track

 Designed by Jack Rouse Associates

 Manufactured by Intamin

 Roller coaster cars designed to resemble the Ferrari F1 car, down to the use of the exact “Rosso Scuderia”

 Ride capacity of 16 passengers - 4 cars in the train, 4 riders per car

 Maximum elevation 52 m

 Lowest elevation 1.5 m

 1.7 Gs

 Occupies 8.48 Hectares / 21 Acres of Land

 

 

 

The Formula Rossa journey will begin in a temperature controlled pre-ride waiting area, where riders will be given protective eyewear, designed to protect passengers from the windforce generated by the coaster’s high speed.

 

 

Barcelona, May 6, 2010: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind, has announced that it will open its doors to the public on October 28, 2010, three weeks ahead of the second Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The long anticipated opening date was announced in a ceremony held on 6th May 2010 at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, attended by representatives from Ferrari, Aldar Properties PJSC and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

 

 

 

In celebration of the opening date announcement, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi unveiled one of its featured attractions. Officially named “Formula Rossa,” this attraction will offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience blasting away on the world’s fastest roller coaster reaching speeds of up to 240 km/h. The main element of this masterpiece was unveiled in the Paddock area in front of Scuderia Ferrari’s garages at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

 

Sounds very exciting.

 

Dubaidave

 

ADMIN EDIT: I have added the official press release and press photos, as well as the the new video released about Formula Rossa.

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind, has announced that it will open its doors to the public on October 28, 2010, three weeks ahead of the second Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The long anticipated opening date was announced in a ceremony held on 6th May 2010 at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, attended by representatives from Ferrari, Aldar Properties PJSC and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will pay tribute to the passion, excellence, performance, and technical innovation that Ferrari has established over the years and represents today. Its iconic sleek red roof is directly inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body, spanning 200,000 m2 and carrying the largest Ferrari logo ever created.

 

In celebration of the opening date announcement, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi unveiled one of its featured attractions. Officially named “Formula Rossa,” this attraction will offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience blasting away on the world’s fastest roller coaster reaching speeds of up to 240 km/h. The main element of this masterpiece was unveiled in the Paddock area in front of Scuderia Ferrari’s garages at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

 

After the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held on Yas Island on November 1 2009, the opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi signals a milestone in bringing Abu Dhabi global recognition. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be a key element in expanding the appeal of Abu Dhabi to travelers, both business and leisure. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will have over 20 rides and attractions which will bring to life the Ferrari brand in ways which appeal to a diverse international audience. In addition to Formula Rossa, visitors to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will also enjoy an aerial voyage through Italy following a Ferrari, a G-force experience taking passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62 m, through the roof and back down again, and a flume ride journey through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine.

 

“We are very pleased to be a part of today’s announcement of the opening date of this unique and exciting attraction alongside our partners at Ferrari. Signature projects like this are another element of our commitment and contribution to Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, by delivering attractions that further enhance the Emirate's credentials as an inspiring place to live and visit. ” commented Mohammed Al Mubarak, Chief Commercial Officer at Aldar, Abu Dhabi’s leading property development, management and investment company, and Chairman of Farah Leisure Parks Management LLC.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is located on Yas Island, a 25 km2 entertainment and recreation destination and venue for the first Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Ahead of the inaugural race last November, Aldar delivered the Yas Marina Circuit, 7 brand new hotels, Yas Marina and all the infrastructure and race-related facilities. A number of new entertainment attractions will open to the public in the few coming years, including the first Links golf course in the region opening in late 2010, and a super regional mall in 2012.

 

Yas Island is one component of the mass infrastructure development outlined in the Abu Dhabi Government’s 2030 Plan to diversify and expand the emirate’s economic base. When completed, Yas Island is set to be a global tourist destination.

 

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Fernando Alonso, Stefano Domenicali, Felipe Massa (left to right)

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Felipe Massa, Stefano Domenicali (team principle), Fernando Alonso left to right

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I know its an intamin. But trust me I will be first in line to ride it.

 

Now if any of the promised b and ms get built here then I will be like shit off a stick.

I'm fifteen years living here it is finally becoming worth waiting for.

 

Dubaidave.

 

Still can't work out how to do signature from my blackberry.

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I love those trains! glad to see the T-bar restraints in that video too. But holy woah trims!! Did anyone else see those going into the first hill after the launch? There's nothing I like better than launching straight into magnetic trims.

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^After riding Dodonpa...I'm glad they are doing something to control the airtime after a 149mph launch.

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