Roller coasters are one of most common amusement rides that can found in most of all amusement parks around the world. Notable roller coasters like Formula Rossa, Kingda Ka, Top Thrill Dragster, Dodonpa and Superman : Escape from Krypton can exceeds blazing speeds of 100 mph. Followings are 10 fastest roller coasters in the world, all are made of steel.
10 Intimidator 305, 90 miles per hour, Kings Dominion Park, United States
Intimidator 305 is the tallest and fastest roller coaster on East Coast of United States. Located at Kings Dominion theme park in Virginia. Intimidator 305 standing at height of 305 feet, taller than that of Eiffel tower replica near the park. The first drop of Intimidator measures 300 feet and have maximum descent angle of 85 degree. At top speed Intimidator 305 reaches 90 mph. It was opened on 2nd April, 2010. In the same year, amusement today voted Intimidator 305 as ‘Best new roller coaster of 2010’.
Intimidator 305 was named after late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt whose nick name on track was Intimidator. The track and passenger cars of Intimidator 305 also follows NASCAR theme. Total ride time of Intimidator 305 is 3 minutes, would pass four hills and eight turns in total.
Basic Info : Intimidator 305
- Park : Kings Dominion, Virginia, United States.
- Maximum speed : 90 miles per hour ( 145 kilometers per hour)
- Height : 305 feet.
- Ride duration : 3 minutes.
- Height restriction : 1.37 meter.
9 Leviathan, 92 miles per hour, Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario, Canada
Leviathan is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada, located at Canada’s wonderland park in Ontario province. The first hill of Leviathan is 306 feet tall and the ride will reach maximum speed of 92 mph after first drop. The total length of the track is 1672 meters and the angle of first drop is approximately at 80 degree. There are three operating trains for this roller coaster and they have theme of Leviathan sea monster. After first drop from height of 306 feet the ride will follow 183 foot tall camel back hill and astonishing 115 degree hammerhead turn.
Basic Info : Leviathan Roller Coaster
- Park : Canada’s wonderland park, Ontario province, Canada.
- Maximum speed : 92 miles per hour.
- Height : 306 feet.
- Ride duration : 3 minutes and 28 seconds.
- Height restriction : 1.37 m to 2.13 m.
8 Millennium Force, 93 miles per hour, Cedar Point Park, Ohio, United States
Millennium force is the first ever Giga coaster in the world, roller coasters with height ranges between 300 feet and 399 feet. It was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world when it was opened in 2000. But it has been surpassed by number of roller coasters in following years, both in speed and height. The ride have three trains with nine passenger cars and will go through 6595 feet long track. The duration of ride in millennium force is 80 seconds. The roller coaster also follows two tunnels, four hills and three over banked turns during it’s ride.
Basic Info : Millennium Force
- Park : Cedar point amusement park, Ohio, United States.
- Maximum speed : 93 miles per hour.
- Height : 310 feet.
- Ride duration : 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
- Height restriction : 1.22 m to 1.98 m.
7 Steel Dragon 2000, 95 miles per hour, Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park, Mie Prefecture, Japan
It is the longest and sixth fastest roller coaster in the world. Steel dragon 2000 is also the second fastest roller coaster in Japan. Steel dragon 2000 rise up 318 feet and the first hill is at 307 feet. During first drop the roller coaster accelerate up to speed of 95 miles per hour. There are also two hills at the track that having height of 250 feet and 210 feet respectively. The steel dragon 2000 also contains more steels than any other roller coasters for earthquake protection.
Basic Info : Steel Dragon 2000
- Park : Nagashima Spa Land amusement park, Mie prefecture, Japan.
- Maximum speed : 95 miles per hour.
- Height : 318 feet.
- Ride duration : 4 minutes.
- Height restriction : 1.40 m to 1.85 m.
6 Ring Racer, 99.4 miles per hour, Nurburging Motor Sports Complex, Germany
Ring racer is a formula-one themed roller coaster located at Nurburging motor sports complex in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. Engineers are originally planned to run this roller coaster parallel to grand pix track at maximum speed of 135 miles per hour. It was designed to accelerate this roller coaster from 0 to 217 kilometer per hour in just 2.5 seconds. But few explosion in launching system delayed the opening of ride from 2009 to 2013. At same time it managed to reach speed of 99.4 mph in less than 2 seconds. In 2014, the authorities announced termination of ring racer project.
Basic Info : Ring Racer
- Park, Nurburging, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
- Maximum speed : 99.4 miles per hour.
- Height : 123 feet.
- Ride duration : 1 minute and 25 seconds.
5Superman : Escape from Krypton, 100 miles per hour, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park, California
It is a steel shuttle roller coaster at six flags magic mountain park in Valencia of California. The liner synchronous motors will accelerate this roller coaster from 0 to 100 mph in juts 7 seconds. It will also rise up to a height of 415 feet like superman and riders will also feel weightlessness at that moment. The launching of this roller coaster was originally set for 1996. But it was delayed due to several problems. Later, the completely renovated ride opened in 2011 with backward facing trains.
Basic Info : Superman : Escape from Krypton
- Park : Six flags magic mountain park in Valencia of California.
- Maximum speed : 100 miles per hour.
- Height : 415 feet.
- Ride duration : 56 seconds.
- Height restriction : 1.37 meter.
4 Dodonpa, 107 miles per hour, Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, Yamanashi, Japan
Dodonpa is the fastest roller coaster in Japan located at Fuji-Q highland amusement park in Yamanashi. The ride goes up to speed of 107 miles per hour in 1.8 second. Impressively, it is 2.7 times faster than that of acceleration due to gravity. In that way, Dodonpa offers floating experience for it’s riders.
The total length of the track is 1189 meters and ride will cross this distance in just 55 seconds. It will also reach to height of 52 meters during it’s journey. It was opened in the year 2001 and held the title of fastest roller coaster in the world until it was surpassed by top thrill dragster in 2003.
Basic Info : Dodonpa
- Park : Fuji-Q highland amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan.
- Maximum speed : 107 miles per hour.
- Height : 171 feet.
- Ride duration : 55 seconds.
- Height restriction : 1.3 meters.
3 Top Thrill Dragster, 120 miles per hour, Cedar point, Ohio, United States
It is the second fastest roller coaster in United Sates situated in Ohio. It is the first ever strata coaster in the world, a complete circuit roller coaster that exceeds 400 ft in height. The ride will accelerate from 0 to 120 mph in just four seconds. Once the ride leaving the launching area it will gain speed of 120 mph in 4 second. Then, it start ascending the 412 feet tall steel hill with an inclination of 90 degree. The train also follows a 270 degree twist upon it’s descending from the hill.
Basic Info : Top Thrill Dragster
- Park : Cedar point, Ohio, United States.
- Maximum speed : 120 miles per hour.
- Height : 420 feet.
- Ride duration : 30 seconds.
- Height restriction : 1.32 m to 1.98 m.
2 Kingda Ka, 128 miles per hour, Six flags great adventure, New Jersey, United States.
Kingda Ka at six flags great adventure park is the fastest roller coaster in United States. The hydraulic launch mechanism in the ride help it to gain top speed of 128 mph in just 3.5 seconds. This blazing speed also help the ride to climb the 456 feet tall hill easily. Then it will descent 418 feet straight down at an angle of 270 degree. It will cover 3118 feet long track in just 28 second. The journey through upside down track with blazing speed also makes weightlessness among riders.
Basic Info : Kingda Ka
- Park : Six flags great adventure, New Jersey, United States.
- Maximum speed : 128 miles per hour.
- Height : 456 feet.
- Ride duration : 28 seconds.
- Height restriction : 1.37 m.
1 Formula Rossa, 150 miles per hour, Ferrari World, United Arab Emirates
Formula rossa is the fastest roller coaster in the world with top speed of 150 mph. This roller coaster is located in Ferrari world of Abhu Dhabi. Formulla rossa accelerate from zero to top speed of 150 miles per hour in just five seconds. Such blazing acceleration is 4.8 times faster than free fall. The formula rossa track is 2.2 kilometers in length and have theme of Italian track Autodromo Nazionale Monza. The ride contains four trains with four passenger cars. Once the ride following the launching pad it ascends 171 feet hill and will reach top speed of 150 miles per hour. The ride will cover 2.2 kilometer long track in 1.32 minutes.
Basic Info : Formula Rossa
- Park : Ferrari world, Abhu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
- Maximum speed : 150 miles per hour.
- Height : 171 feet.
- Ride duration : 1.32 minutes.
- Height restriction : 1.30 m.