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providing passengers with a weightless drop. A quick dive below ground follows as riders speed under a new entry bridge. The train then travels through a high speed banked curve as it goes up a 101ft (31m) hill while tilting at the top before speeding back down. Next riders swarm into a 111ft (34m) tall camelback hill


that delivers an exhilarating “off-your-seat” moment. The train then races into an angled double helix of high banked track that turns into itself and completes a 360° turn. A final duo of camelback bunny hops provide two more moments of air before riders are finally braked as they approach the loading station. With no mid-course brakes to interrupt the pacing, the ride provided nine moments of negative gravity and 64 seconds of ultra high-speed action. Fehnel has already ridden Fury 325 about 50 times, he


tells Park World. When asked about his favourite part of the ride however, he struggles. "The ascent… The drop… The unexpected weightlessness in the overbanked first turn… The view of arriving guests while you speed past them at 95 miles per hour… The ‘Hive Dive’ under the bridge… The ‘near miss’ support in the helix… The intense airtime of the three hills at the end… How can I pick?"


Show-stopper The coaster’s impact on the atmosphere at Carowinds has been instantaneous. As guests arrive at the park, they are stopped in their tracks as the ride flies past them in full view of the parking lot. Fury 325 has become a magnet for thrill seekers, leaving media and coaster enthusiasts buzzing. With the park’s short off-season, Fehnel says that it was a


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