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Coaster cam: Ride Carowinds’ Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster

The Travel Channel is chronicling the construction of Fury 325 in North Carolina.
The Travel Channel is chronicling the construction of Fury 325 in North Carolina. YouTube

Here is the video from the first test run of Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster at Carowinds Amusement Park in Charlotte, N.C.

Take the ride, if you dare.

         

Fox 8 in Charlotte reports that the steel coaster was tested Wednesday afternoon.

Folks from the Travel Channel have been following the construction of the monster coaster. See them at the top of that scary first 81-degree drop in the video below.

The coaster stands 325 feet tall and goes as fast as 95 miles per hour. (A “giga” coaster is one that is 300 to 399 feet tall and completes a full circuit.)

Part of the track passes over and under the main entrance to the park.

It will debut this spring as part of the park’s $50 million expansion, according to Fox 8.

Carowinds is auctioning off some of the first rides on the Fury, with proceeds going to the Cam Newton Foundation. Winners will also get a football autographed by the Carolina Panthers quarterback.

The first public rides will take place during a media event on March 25, or 3/25. Coincidentally, the ride lasts 3 minutes, 25 seconds.

“I've battled some beasts on the field like massive 300-pound linemen, but this roller coaster is somewhat intimidating,” Newton joked in a statement.

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