Roller coasters are one of the few amusements that attract adults and children alike and give you that rush of adrenaline. They have been around for centuries, but in the past years,more roller coasters have been developed, competing with one another for holding records in terms of height, steepness, length and inversions. Here are the top 10 fastest roller coasters in the world.

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10. Intimidator 305 (USA)

Intimidator 305 is a steel giga roller coaster in Doswell, Virginia, that opened in 2010. It holds the record for the fastest, tallest and most exciting roller coaster located on the East Coast. It is known for its abrupt twists and turns.

Interesting Facts

Speed90 mph
Duration of Ride3 min
First Drop Length300 feet
Total Length5,100 feet
Max Descent Angle85 degrees
Trains2 trains, 8 cars, maximum 32 riders

9. Leviathan (Canada)

Leviathan, the Canadian giga steel coaster named after the biblical sea monster, opened in 2012 and is located in Vaughan, Ontario. It is the tallest and fastest in Canada and is also known for the smooth and thrilling ride.

Interesting Facts

Speed92 mph
Duration of Ride3 min 28 sec
First Drop Length306 feet
Total Length5,486 feet
Max Descent Angle80 degrees
Trains3 trains, 8 cars, maximum 32 passengers

8. Millennium Force (USA)

Millennium Force, located in Sandusky, Ohio, is known as the first giga coaster, that opened in 2000. The steel attraction has been voted the best steel roller coaster in the world several times and it is known for initiating the cable lift trend in the manufacturing of roller-coasters. The ride has been reviewed as both smooth and comfortable by the passengers.

Interesting Facts

Speed93 mph
Duration of Ride2 min
First Drop Length310 feet
Total Length6,595 feet
Max Descent Angle80 degrees
Trains3 trains, 9 cars, maximum 36 passengers

7. Steel Dragon 2000 (Japan)

Steel Dragon 2000 is located in Mie Prefecture, Japan and opened in the year 2000, the Year of the Dragon in Asian culture. It holds the record for the longest track and the second fastest roller coaster in Japan. The giga coaster incorporates more steel than any other coaster because of its earthquake protection.

Interesting Facts

Speed95 mph
Duration of Ride4 min
First Drop Length306 feet
Total Length8,133 feet
Max Descent Angle65 degrees
Trains3 trains, 7 cars, maximum 28 passengers

6. ring°racer (Germany)

ring°racer, a German S&S Formula One roller coaster that opened in 2009, is located in Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate. It features a pneumatic launch, which makes this coaster accelerate in double the time a Formula 1 driver does. ring°racer is part of the ring°werk leisure park.

Interesting Facts

Speed99.4 mph
Duration of Ride1 min 25 sec
First Drop Length123 feet
Total Length3976 feet
G-force5.6
Trains1, maximum 8 riders

5 (I). Tower of Terror II (Australia)

Tower of Terror II, located on the Gold Coast, Queensland, is a shuttle roller coaster that opened in 1997. The Dreamworld steel ride was known as the Tower of Terror up until 2010, when it was modified to fit more passengers and lengthened.

Interesting Facts

Speed104 mph
Duration of Ride28 sec
Drop Length377 feet
Total Length1,235 feet
Max Descent Angle90 degree
Trains1 for 14 passengers

5 (II). Superman: Escape from Krypton (USA)

Superman: Escape from Krypton is an American shuttle roller coaster located in Valencia, California. Opened in 1997, the steel ride uses the same technology as Tower of Terror II – Linear Synchronous Motors. The “L”-shaped roller coaster was reopened under the current name in 2011, after some improvements.

Interesting Facts

Speed104 mph
Duration of Ride28 sec
Drop Length328 feet
Total Length1,235 feet
Max Descent Angle90 degrees
Trains1 for 15 passengers

4. Dodonpa (Japan)

Dodonpa, an S&S roller coaster situated in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, is famous for having the highest launch acceleration in the world – 2.7G. The extreme steel ride, opened in 2001, was named after the sounds made my taiko drummers.

Interesting Facts

Speed107 mph
Duration of Ride55 sec
Drop Length160 feet
Total Length3,901 feet
Max Descent Angle90 degrees
Trains1 of 8 passengers

3. Top Thrill Dragster (USA)

Top Thrill Dragster is a 2003 steel accelerator coaster located in Sandusky, Ohio and is one of the two strata coasters that exist in the world. Aside from its phenomenal speed and height, the passengers will experience a 270 degrees twist of the track. Its motto is “Race for the Sky”.

Interesting Facts

Speed120 mph
Duration of Ride17 sec
Drop Length400 feet
Total Length2,800 feet
Max Descent Angle90 degrees
Trains6 trains, 5 cars, 20 passengers

2. Kingda Ka (USA)

Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world. Located in Jackson, New Jersey, the steel accelerator ride features a 270 degree track switch and is “U”-shaped. This extreme ride dates opened in 2005.

Interesting Facts

Speed128 mph
Duration of Ride28 sec
Drop Length418 feet
Total Length3,118 feet
Max Descent Angle90 degrees
Trains4 trains, 5 cars, 18 passengers

1. Formula Rossa (United Arab Emirates)

Formula Rossa, located in Abu Dhabi, is the fastest roller coaster in the world. Opening in 2010, this extreme ride was meant to resemble a Formula 1 Race in a Ferrari. Due to the high speed, passengers have to wear protective glasses.

Interesting Facts

Speed150 mph
Duration of Ride1 min 32 sec
Drop Length169 feet
Total Length7,200 feet
G-force4.8
Trains2 trains, 4 cars, 16 passengers