The release of Furious 7—the latest installment in the Fast & Furious franchise—had fans and auto-lovers everywhere wondering what it might be like to actually drive one of these fast and furious vehicles. Universal Studios recently announced that they will soon be providing fans with a way to satisfy this curiosity, in the form of a theme park ride.
Expect the lineups at Universal Studios Hollywood to be much longer than usual this coming June 25, as the amusement park will be launching the one and only “Fast & Furious Supercharged” theme park ride that day. In light of this exciting news, we’ve decided to take a deeper look into this particular project, as well as other auto-themed ventures that have graced amusement parks in the past. Read on to learn more.
The Development of Fast & Furious Supercharged
Fans of both the franchise and of cars in general, may be delighted to learn that the main cast of the Fast & Furious movies were actually involved in the development of Universal’s upcoming ride. What graduates of mechanic colleges might find interesting is that the ride was created using a green-screen and tons of stunt work to make amusement park goers feel as though they are actually racing at high speeds through the streets of LA.
Vin Diesel (better known as Dominic Toretto in the films) stated that through this ride, fans would actually get a sense of what making the films was like. “Even though we’ve been living with these characters for 15 years, it was new territory to create something immortal like this, something as immersive as this that all the fans of our franchise can actually live through, be a part of” said Diesel.
Universal Studios Hollywood has documented the making of its new ride for all to see. Check out the video here:
Auto Lovers Enthralled by Abu Dhabi’s Formula Rossa Ride
Professionals in auto careers know that Abu Dhabi houses the world’s largest indoor theme park: Ferrari World. Not only is Ferrari World based on one of the most prominent luxury auto manufacturers in the world, but one of the park’s roller coasters actually holds the world record for being the fastest ever created. While Ferrari World opened its doors approximately half a decade ago, its roller coaster, “Formula Rossa,” is still considered the world’s fastest to date, reaching a whopping 240 km per hour! Anyone with automotive technician training can confirm that this is only a mere 30 km slower than the world’s fastest car—the Hennessy Venom GT.
A Disney Car-Themed Coaster for Children AND Auto Lovers
The Radiator Springs Racers ride is an attraction located in Cars Land (based on the Disney picture) at Disney California Adventure. Radiator Springs Racers is a simulated car ride which takes guests through a racing adventure—slot car style. This particular ride is designed for children; however, adults with a love for cars and racing enjoy the ride as well, since it simulates a real-life racing adventure. It’s definitely a ride that will give children and auto enthusiasts alike a thrill!
Would you be interested in helping build or design an auto-themed ride once you earn your auto mechanic diploma?