The coolest roller coasters
There is no better season to twist and turn, go upside and plummet almost to the ground on a roller coaster than the summer.
Nowadays, roller coasters are not the rickety thrill rides they used to be. Newer ones are backed by dynamic, advanced computer systems and as the tech world speeds up, so does the intensity of the rides.
In fact, Japan introduced the worlds steepest coaster at Fuji-Q Highland amusement park called Takabisha which means domineering in Japanese and will toss riders down 141 feet at about 62 miles an hour, with a 121-degree free fall.
With the summer in full speed, we take a look at other impressive high-tech coasters that are giving amusement park goers across the globe the ride of their life.
Formula Rossa; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is the worlds fastest roller coaster, reaching an incredible speed of 150 mph. Riders sit within twoFerrari F430 Spider vehicles sprint side by side toward the finish line. With the help of a hydraulic launch system, the GT roller coaster creates a similar velocity to what is needed to catapult fighter jets off airport carriers. Since it goes so fast, those brave enough to sit in the front have to wear protective glasses similar to what skydivers wear to prevent run-ins with airborne particles and insects. The shape of the track was inspired by the famous Italian racetrack Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit; Orlando, Fla.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios in Orlando was not just built with advanced technology, it is infused into every second of the ride. Blending user-generated content with high-speed trains, riders pick their own music using touchpads mounted on the lap bar. Songs from five music genres are pumped through individual sound systems that rely on all-weather speakers typically reserved for high-performance sports boats.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is also the only coaster in the world with daytime LED color-changing lights, with each ride vehicle featuring 36 different lights programmed to change color. The ride also operates on a moving load platform, which means it uses a people-mover-style conveyer belt to get guests to their vehicles so riders and vehicles never come to a complete stop.
To remember the experience, the ride features 14 cameras six on-board each ride vehicle and eight along the track and lasers that trigger timing devices and computers to record and capture the thrill for riders. The video which is then synced with their music selection is downloaded wirelessly from the ride vehicle to a viewing kiosk in 25 seconds, where people can purchase the edited version.
The Skycycle; Okayama, Japan
The Skycycle roller coaster at Washuzan Highland Park in Okayama, Japan may not have upside down loops and past-vertical drops, but that doesnt mean its not terrifying. Riders board side-by-side carts that rely on old fashion foot-powered tech. Thats right, the carts move by pedaling your way along the track taking roller coasters to a whole new green level.