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Carowinds to add world's tallest and fastest 'giga coaster'

Fury 325 is to be the world's fastest and tallest 'giga coaster' (Source: Carowinds) Fury 325 is to be the world's fastest and tallest 'giga coaster' (Source: Carowinds)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WIS) -

Carowinds has announced plans to build the world's tallest and fastest 'giga coaster' as part of a $50 million expansion and renovation project.

The roller coaster, dubbed 'Fury 325," is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2015.   

A 'giga coaster' is a complete-circuit roller coaster with no inverted hills, which is built for height and speed. Giga coasters range in height from 300 to 399 feet tall.

Park officials say riders will board into three 32–passenger open air trains and begin their ascent to the top of a 325–foot hill. After an 81-degree drop, riders will race through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. The 6,602 foot ride will take nearly three and a half minutes..

The new ride will be visible from uptown Charlotte, renewing the park's skyline and serving as a symbol of changes to come. Fury 325 is part of a planned $50 million dollar multi-year investment to bring new life to founder Pat Hall's original vision for Carowinds. The park will be revamped to celebrate Carolina culture including new rides and attractions, signature Carolina food offerings and entertainment.

Fury 325 will be the centerpiece of a new 8.2 acre main entrance plaza that includes a state–of–the–art ticketing and season pass processing area and expanded guest service facilities.

"Starting with Fury 325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrill seekers to celebrate the Carolinas," says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds Vice President and General Manager. "The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world."

Riders will board into three 32–passenger open air trains and begin their ascent to the top of a 325–foot (over 30 stories) hill. This immense hill is followed by an exhilarating 81 degree first drop. Like an angry hornet chasing its target, Fury 325 will race through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. Riders will speed along 6,602 feet of track during the nearly three and one half minute ride.

"The tradition of the park is so important to those who have grown up here," says Fehnel. "It's long overdue that we gave our fans a new energy surrounding Carowinds, which will build on our legacy as the premiere entertainment destination for generations of Carolinians."

Fury 325 is designed and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) of Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development and the same firm that brought Vortex to Carowinds in 1992, Afterburn in 1999, and The Intimidator™ in 2010.

For more information, click here: https://www.carowinds.com/swarm

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