10 Fastest Roller Coasters Ever Assembled

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

Speed 90 mph
Duration of Ride 3 min
First Drop Length 300 feet
Total Length 5,100 feet
Max Descent Angle 85 degrees
Trains 2 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

Speed 92 mph
Duration of Ride 3 min 28 sec
First Drop Length 306 feet
Total Length 5,486 feet
Max Descent Angle 80 degrees
Trains 3 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

Speed 93 mph
Duration of Ride 2 min
First Drop Length 310 feet
Total Length 6,595 feet
Max Descent Angle 80 degrees
Trains 3 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

Speed 95 mph
Duration of Ride 4 min
First Drop Length 306 feet
Total Length 8,133 feet
Max Descent Angle 65 degrees
Trains 3 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

Speed 99.4 mph
Duration of Ride 1 min 25 sec
First Drop Length 123 feet
Total Length 3976 feet
G-force 5.6
Trains 1, 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

Speed 104 mph
Duration of Ride 28 sec
Drop Length 377 feet
Total Length 1,235 feet
Max Descent Angle 90 degree
Trains 1 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

Speed 104 mph
Duration of Ride 28 sec
Drop Length 328 feet
Total Length 1,235 feet
Max Descent Angle 90 degrees
Trains 1 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

Speed 107 mph
Duration of Ride 55 sec
Drop Length 160 feet
Total Length 3,901 feet
Max Descent Angle 90 degrees
Trains 1 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

Speed 120 mph
Duration of Ride 17 sec
Drop Length 400 feet
Total Length 2,800 feet
Max Descent Angle 90 degrees
Trains 6 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

Speed 128 mph
Duration of Ride 28 sec
Drop Length 418 feet
Total Length 3,118 feet
Max Descent Angle 90 degrees
Trains 4 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

Speed 150 mph
Duration of Ride 1 min 32 sec
Drop Length 169 feet
Total Length 7,200 feet
G-force 4.8
Trains 2 trains, 4 cars, 16 passengers



  1. joel
    joel 3 Comments
     -  06 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Roller coaster is my favorite rides, I did it occasionally here, though not the fastest one. Steel Dragon 2000 was the one I rode when I went to spent a month in Japan. The one I admire most in this inspirational article is Millennium Force

  2. Michelle
    Michelle 4 Comments
     -  26 Nov 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Finally, a good reference for my next amusement park destination planning! I’m a huge fan of roller coasters and I’ve tried 1/10 in this list. I can’t believe the one I’ve tried back in 2015, Dodonpa, in Japan is only ranked 4 as I remember clearly being pushed into my seat the whole ride except during 1 fall where it felt like I was falling forever. Can’t wait to try the other rides!

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