Why have I been given safety goggles? Might my eyeballs explode through the back of my skull? Can humans be blinded by flying through the air at 240km/h?
Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World provides one way to find out.
Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, hits 100km/h in the first two seconds. Then the speed doubles and riders get a temporary facelift. The overwhelming G-force (4.8) is said to replicate the experiences of Formula One drivers.
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Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi review
I step into the front car and sink into my seat in pole position. The harness is pressed against my legs, which have turned to jelly. An engine roars as smoke spews from the tyres. Suddenly, with a screech (probably mine), we take off.
Like a jet fighter, the red coaster blasts out straight and then shoots upwards. The acceleration is so powerful I can’t breathe or scream. My head is pinned back and my hands are locked on the steel bar in a death grip. This is the most intense five seconds of my life.
It’s almost a relief to reach the first corner and be flung sidewards, then whipped back upright. The twists and turns continue until a flag comes down at the finish line, when it is too late for my brain to work out what just happened. All the more reason to do it again.
The writer was a guest of Creative Holidays.
Etihad flies twice daily from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. (02) 8024 7200, etihadairways.com.
Creative Holidays can tailor a trip from Abu Dhabi airport to Ferrari World for travellers on a stopover. 13 12 22, www.creativeholidays.com.
Photo by Louise Goldsbury