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Senior project manager, Tom Black and general manager Jesse Vargas describe the ride experience on the new Turbo Track…


“Turbo Track takes you into the world of a Ferrari racing recruit,” explains senior project manager Tom Black. The queue line replicates what it might feel like for those


drivers undertaking their conditioning. “You’ll be put through a series of tests to challenge your


skill. stamina and courage. It sets the tone for the fact that this is an attraction that is about testing your limits. Really, the story of the experience is the fact that we’ve built a coaster inside this really complicated space.” “Probably one of the more unique aspects of the ride,” adds general manager, Jesse Vargas, “is that you get to ride facing your friends and family. The seats actually face each other in the middle of the train. In a way it’s two rides for the price of one. Two totally different experiences, both equally thrilling.


“Once you get on you are either facing forwards or


backwards and then it launches you forward,” says Black. “You feel a great sense of acceleration as you fly out through Ferrari World. You go over the zero gravity hill and you break through the funnel and as you go up you’ll twist on the hard line and reach a height of about 60 metres above Yas Island. And, at that very moment in time, you can also look around from the highest point on Yas Island and take in the view from above the iconic red roof. And then you fall back. So it is the exact opposite to what you just had.” “We are going to be THE location for mega coaster enthusiasts all over the world,” concludes Vargas.


above the iconic red roof of Yas Island, where it hits zero g and then plummets vertically back down. The firm claims another first with the 12-seater vehicle as the first in the world with front- and rear-facing seats. When choosing the rear- facing seats, passengers get a spectacular view of the glass funnel before dropping back down into the park. “With this new ride, we have expanded the theme park’s


portfolio to 37 rides and attractions creating unmatched experiences to local and global visitors,” said Al Zaabi. “This new development reflects our commitment to continuously invest in new attractions that support our efforts in making Yas Island an unrivaled destination for leisure and entertainment.”


Miral also confirmed that SeaWorld Parks &


Entertainment would be developing its first marine theme park outside the US there. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, which will open at Yas Island in 2022, will be the first SeaWorld developed without orca whales, and will integrate up-close animal experiences and mega attractions with a ‘world class’ aquarium and the UAE’s first dedicated marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation and return centre.


Turbo Track accelerates to 103 kph


Turbo Track -


the numbers Length: 166m Height: 64m Speed max: 103km / h Twin LSM Launch system combined with a 0g airtime hill on the acceleration ramp Number of zero gravity moments: 2 Number of seats: 12 (rear and front facing)


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