Carowinds releases video of first test run of new giga coaster

Carowinds releases video of first test run of new giga coaster

CHARLOTTE, NC (WIS) - Carowinds amusement park has released video of the first ever test run of the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster.

Park officials said Fury 325 was tested late Wednesday afternoon. It is expected to make its debut at the park this spring.

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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 is 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.

The park opens on March 28. Visit for more information.

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