8 Fastest Steel Roller Coasters In The World

The roller coaster’s surprising origins may be traced back to the late 1700s. They have evolved from simple fairground attractions into modern-day dizzying thrill rides, but they have always been recognized as among the most recognizable symbols of amusement parks around.

All those with a taste for excitement should ride at least one roller coaster at an amusement park. Each roller coaster is one-of-a-kind because of its specific combination of features, including but not limited to height, speed, passenger capacity, curves, slopes, launching method, and rollbacks. The thrill and the sheer terror will increase proportionally with the rate of acceleration and the altitude.

Here are the fastest steel roller coasters that are still in operation today.

8. Leviathan

Speed: 92 miles per hour
Park/Location: Canada’s Wonderland
 Country: Canada
 Year Opened: 2012

Leviathanphoto source: Canada’s Wonderland

The Leviathan is a steel roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario, Canada. It is the first roller coaster developed by the Swiss company Bolliger & Mabillard to reach 300 feet in height.

Leviathan is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada, with 5,486 feet in length, 306 feet in height, and 92 miles per hour in peak speed.

As of 2015, Leviathan is the eighth-tallest, eighth-fastest, and third-tallest classic lift-style roller coaster in the world. It was the sixteenth roller coaster to be constructed at Canada’s Wonderland. The ride’s track was finished in February 2012, and the first test run occurred on March 15, 2012.

The coaster opened to holders of season passes on April 27, 2012, and the general public on May 6, 2012.

Did You Know:

Leviathan placed third in Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for the best new ride of 2012, with 14% of the vote.

7. Millennium Force

Speed: 93 miles per hour
Park/Location: Cedar Point
 Country: United States
 Year Opened: 2000

Millennium Forcephoto source: Cedar Point

Millennium Force debuted at Cedar Point in 2000, and its name reflects its debut in the new millennium. The coaster set eight records on its own and assisted its park in breaking five others.

The coaster was Cedar Point’s fourteenth and the first to employ a cable lift hill as opposed to the conventional chain lift. This equipment is operated by sprocket gears rotated by an 800-horsepower engine placed beneath the lift hill.

There are three trains in Millennium Force: one red, one yellow, and one blue. Each vehicle has a capacity of four passengers, and each train carries nine cars, for a total of 36 passengers in 18 rows of two. Reaching dizzying speeds of 93 mph, the coaster is so extreme that some riders may have panicked “grayouts” while onboard.

Did You Know:

More than 12 million passengers have used Millennium Force since it first began operating.

6. Fury 325

Speed: 95 miles per hour
Park/Location: Carowinds, North Carolina
 Country: United States
 Year Opened: 2015

Fury 325photo source: Carowinds

At 325 feet tall, Fury 325 is the highest roller coaster with a standard lift hill (thus the namesake). In 2015, when it first opened, Fury 325 boasted that it was the tallest “Giga-Coaster” in the world. Like Steel Dragon 2000, it utilizes a conventional lift hill to ascend its massive lift hill.

It is North America’s longest steel roller coaster. Fury 325’s steel track is 6,602 feet (2,012 m) long, and its lift is 325 feet (99 m) tall. Because of the ride’s height and closeness to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the park had to get FAA clearance before constructing the attraction.

Did You Know:

The motif of the roller coaster is a hornet since riders are pursuing their objective at great speeds. The American Revolution inspired the roller coaster when Charlotte was “a hornet’s nest of revolt.”

5. Steel Dragon 2000

Speed: 95 miles per hour
Park/Location: Nagashima Spa Land
 Country: Japan
 Year Opened: 2000

Steel Dragon 2000photo source: Flickr

Unlike most of the coasters on this list, Steel Dragon 2000 employs a conventional lift hill. It takes a long time to ascend that slope, but the reward is 95 mph of dizzying speed.

When it launched on August 1, 2000, it surpassed the Millennium Force at Cedar Point, which had opened three months earlier, to become the roller coaster that is both the tallest and the fastest full-circuit ride in the world. Originally, the attraction included trains manufactured by Morgan.

Steel Dragon 2000 was provided with brand-new trains by Bolliger & Mabillard in 2013. Steel Dragon 2000 is renowned for being the longest roller coaster in the world due to its length of 2,479 meters.

Did You Know:

The Steel Dragon 2000 received its moniker when it debuted in 2000, the Year of the Dragon according to eastern calendars.

4. Superman: Escape from Krypton

Speed: 100 miles per hour
Park/Location: Six Flags Magic Mountain, California
 Country: United States
 Year Opened: 1997

Superman: Escape from Kryptonphoto source: Six Flags

Formerly known as Superman: The Escape, Superman: Escape From Krypton is an Intamin-launched shuttle roller coaster situated at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, United States. Superman: Escape from Krypton was the first Superman-themed roller coaster, opening in 1997.

Superman: Escape from Krypton is titled after the classic story event in Superman mythology in which young Kal-El is exiled to Earth as Krypton is destroyed.

Superman: Escape from Krypton includes an astounding 415-foot tower. It is the first roller coaster to hit 100 miles per hour. When it opened in 1997 (as Superman: The Escape), it was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. However, when running, it frequently fell short of its theoretical peak speed of 100 mph.

The usual vehicle frequently broke down. Six Flags updated Superman with new vehicles in 2011, making it faster and higher. Additionally, it has less downtime.

Did You Know:

The roller coaster simulation game RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 includes a pre-built version of the attraction “Superman: The Escape” that can be found in the Six Flags Magic Mountain scenario.

3. Red Force

Speed: 111.8 miles per hour
Park/Location: Ferrari Land, PortAventura World
 Country: Spain
 Year Opened: 2017

Red Forcephoto source: Eureka! Magazine

Red Force, which opened in 2017 as part of the PortAventura resort’s Ferrari Land, employs magnetic motors to propel trains at 112 mph towards a tower resembling Top Thrill Dragster and Kingda Ka.

The ride is Europe’s highest and fastest roller coaster and the world’s tallest giga coaster. Red Force is a giga coaster since it is 112 meters in height, despite its identical layout to Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster and Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka, which are strata coasters.

Each of Red Force’s trains consists of three carriages. Each vehicle accommodates four passengers, for a total of 12 each train. The attraction can handle around 1,200 passengers each hour. Red Force’s steel track is roughly 880 meters (2,880 ft) in length and 112 meters (367 ft) in height.

In 5 seconds, Red Force accelerates the train from 0 to 180 kilometers per hour (112 miles per hour) using linear synchronous motors.

Did You Know:

The attraction utilizes supercapacitors to store and dissipate the energy required to launch the train, decreasing the peak demand on the power grid required to launch the roller coaster.

2. Kingda Ka

Speed: 128 miles per hour
Park/Location: Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
 Country: United States
 Year Opened: 2005

Kingda Kaphoto source: Intamin Amusement Rides

In the United States, Kingda Ka is unrivaled, and for a while, it held the record for the fastest coaster in the world until Formula Rossa surpassed it. At a press conference and fan gathering on September 29, 2004, Kingda Ka was formally unveiled to the public. It was revealed that the ride would become “the tallest and fastest roller coaster on Earth.”

The ride has a hydraulic launch mechanism that can accelerate the train to 128 miles per hour (206 kilometers per hour) in 3.5 seconds.

Although its speed record was surpassed in 2010 by Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Kingda Ka is still the highest roller coaster in the world because of its top hat tower part, which rises at 456 feet (139 m).

Kingda Ka features four green, dark blue, teal, and orange trains. Five-car trains accommodate 18 passengers. The first four cars each have seating for four passengers, divided into two rows of two, whereas the fifth and final vehicle only seats two passengers in a single row. To improve vision, the back row of each automobile has been moved to a higher location than the front row.

Did You Know:

The ride Kingda Ka is styled like a legendary Bengal tiger and gets its name from the golden tabby Bengal tiger that resides in a kennel close to the attraction.

1. Formula Rossa

Speed: 149.1 miles per hour
Park/Location: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
 Country: United Arab Emirates
 Year Opened: 2010

Formula Rossaphoto source: Roller Coaster DataBase

The world’s fastest steel roller coaster, the Formula Rossa, accelerates to an incredible peak speed of 149.1 miles per hour in only 4.9 seconds flat. Fans of roller coasters, that is a rapid speed. During its 92 seconds, Formula Rossa generates 1.7 Gs of acceleration and climbs 171 feet.

The attraction begins within the indoor amusement park, speeds through the dome, travels outside the park, and then returns to the interior loading station. Each Formula Rossa train will transport 16 people in 4 cars.

Each roller coaster car will be painted in the precise shade of Ferrari red to imitate a Ferrari F1 race car. Passengers are handed goggles to shield their eyes from the desert sand since the ride is so harsh.

Did You Know:

Formula Rossa’s design was influenced by the famed Italian circuit Autodromo Nazionale Monza. The track is renowned for hosting Italy’s yearly Formula 1 Grand Prix.

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