When I had decided to make the trip to Dubai recently I remembered that Abu Dhabi was just a quick 45 minutes drive away which meant the largest indoor and first Ferrari theme park in the world needed to be paid a visit.
The roller coaster known as Formula Rossa is the fastest roller coaster in the world and trust me when I say this, it is one of the most exhilarating sensations I have ever had. The force on your body as it rockets to 240 km/h in under 5 seconds will likely never be felt again and that alone is enough to convince the thrill-seekers to give this ride a bash. The Fiorano GT Challenge is the 2nd roller coaster the park offers and this is a hell of a lot of fun. Two coasters set off side by side dipping and swooping over and under each other to simulate a race and this is by no means a slow coaster at all. I loved every second of it and although it is not as much of an assault on the senses as the rocket we went on first, it is still totally worth it.
I gave the F1 simulator a bash and this was unfortunately a little bit disappointing for me. I know it is state of the art equipment but it is manufactured for the masses so the seat was not exactly comfortable. This did not detract from the fact that I had actually been in a world-class simulator driving a car that most people will never see never mind experience what it feels like behind the wheel. The Scuderia Challenge on the other hand was a highlight for me. You race against 7 other players all strapped into a simulator which makes the experience that much more exciting and testing and I won this… Obviously ;).
Walking around the park you are treated to the prancing horse history wherever you go but going on some of the more family orientated rides you get a whole new experience into the story behind Enzo and his dreams. A full list of the attractions at the park can be found here but I will list some of the more petrol head orientated ones below;