World's tallest 'giga coaster' to open in N. Carolina
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The first test run of the Fury325 roller coaster at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina, was conducted on March 4. Fury325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, consists of a steel construction standing at 325 ft (99 m) tall with a 320 ft (98 m) drop. The overall length of the circuit is 6,602 ft (2,012 m), with passengers reaching speeds of 95 mph (153 km/h). The company behind its construction says the ride simulates "the wild, daring and spontaneous flight of the hornet." The inspiration for the theme came from the American Revolution, when Charlotte was supposedly referred to as a “hornet’s nest of rebellion.” The ride has the capacity to entertain 1,470 riders per hour, with 32 people traveling in each open-air train. A 'giga coaster' is a type of roller coaster that consists of a height drop ranging from 300 feet (91 m) to 399 feet (122 m) and completes a full circuit. The first (un)lucky passengers will be able to ride Fury325 this spring.