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By Jonathan
Our 11 month long speculation thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3941
Our live announcement day thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4161


Five years ago Carowinds announced Intimidator, the southeast's tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster. Intimidator
changed the face of Carowinds forever, but it was nothing compared to what is coming next as the park goes global with its record breaking. In 2015, Carowinds will open FURY 325, the tallest and fastest non-launched roller coaster in the world and the longest steel coaster in North America. The ride will swoop over and under the main entrance area of the park, which will be completely redesigned for 2015.

The speculation is over, but stayed tuned as we follow construction progress over the next 6 months and the anticipation builds toward the opening of this incredible ride.

Introduction video:

POV video:

Bird's eye video:






6,602 feet long (longest steel coaster in North America)
325 feet tall (tallest traditional lift hill coaster in the world)
320 foot drop (tallest traditional lift coaster drop in the world)
81 degree drop
95 mile per hour top speed (fastest traditional lift hill coaster in the world)

Press release:

Charlotte, NC (August 21, 2014) / PR Newswire / — For more than 40 years, Carowinds has been the place where the Carolinas come together. It’s where the Tar Heel State and the Palmetto State meet. It’s where families and friends bond over thrilling rides and entertainment. Carowinds will now unite its storied history with its future as the standard for thrills by unleashing Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster.

Fury 325 will simulate the wild, daring and spontaneous flight of the hornet. The new ride will be visible from uptown Charlotte, renewing the park’s skyline and serving as a symbol of changes to come. Fury 325 is part of a planned $50 million dollar multiyear investment to bring new life to founder Pat Hall’s original vision for Carowinds. The park will be revamped from top to bottom to celebrate Carolina culture including new rides and attractions, signature Carolina food offerings and entertainment. Opening in Spring 2015, Fury 325 will be the centerpiece of a new 8.2 acre main entrance plaza that includes a state–of–the–art ticketing and season pass processing area and expanded guest service facilities.

“Starting with Fury 325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrillseekers to celebrate the Carolinas,” says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds Vice President and General Manager. “The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world.”

Riders will board into three 32–passenger open air trains and begin their ascent to the top of a 325–foot (over 30 stories) hill. This immense hill is followed by an exhilarating 81 degree first drop. Like an angry hornet chasing its target, Fury 325 will race through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. Riders will speed along 6,602 feet of track during the nearly three and one half minute ride.

“The tradition of the park is so important to those who have grown up here,” says Fehnel. “It’s long overdue that we gave our fans a new energy surrounding Carowinds, which will build on our legacy as the premiere entertainment destination for generations of Carolinians.”

Those who can’t wait until Spring 2015 to experience Fury 325 can take a virtual ride at where they can also check out photos, virtual renderings, ride stats and more. This Fall, fans can purchase a 2015 season pass or renew current season passes for the lowest price of the year at Fury 325 is designed and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) of Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development and the same firm that brought Vortex to Carowinds in 1992, Afterburn in 1999, and The Intimidator™ in 2010.

Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘FUN.’ In addition to Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks including Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, three water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.
By NxDfsnc
VolcanoDiva wrote:Fastest Giga coaster? Cedar Fair must not be checking the speedometer at Intimidator 305...

Ive heard the average was in the low 90s? unless were talking pre trim.
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