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Carowinds opens Fury 325 Saturday

Roller coaster fans try out the new Fury 325 at Carowinds on Wednesday morning.
Roller coaster fans try out the new Fury 325 at Carowinds on Wednesday morning. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

On Saturday Carowinds will open its newest roller coaster, Fury 325, which the amusement park calls the “world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster.”

The roller coaster lifts riders 325 feet up -- over 30 stories -- before plunging them down at an 81-degree drop at almost 100 miles per hour. It contains three 32-passenger open air trains and 6,602 feet of track.

Fury 325 was designed and built by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger and Mabillard, which also constructed other Carowinds roller coasters including Vortex and Afterburn.

“We are making history here at Carowinds, and creating another reason people can be proud to live in the Carolinas. The opening of Fury 325 gives Carowinds two of the 10 tallest rollercoasters in North America,” Mike Fehnel, Carowinds vice president and general manager, said in a statement on the company’s website.

The addition of Fury 325 is part of a $50 million multiyear investment that also includes the construction of the SlingShot, a ride that hurls two people in a capsule 295 feet into the air at almost 60 miles per hour before slinging them back to the ground. It’s unclear when that attraction will open.

The investment also includes the addition of a new guest entrance, more dining options and a Taste of the Carolinas food festival that runs on Saturdays and Sundays from April 18 to May 17.

Earlier this year, the park said it was hiring 2,200 part-time workers for a variety of positions to staff rides, attractions and events for the 2015 season, which runs March 28 through Nov. 1.

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