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      Carowinds unveils world's tallest and fastest gigacoaster

      Fury 325

      COLUMBIA (WACH) ?? Carowinds will soon be unleashing the world??s tallest and fastest gigacoaster.

      Fury 325 will simulate the wild, daring and spontaneous flight of the hornet. The new ride will be visible from uptown Charlotte, renewing the park??s skyline. Fury 325 is part of a planned $50 million multiyear investment to bring new life to the original vision for Carowinds.

      Riders will board into three 32??passenger open air trains and begin their ascent to the top of a 325??foot (over 30 stories) hill. This immense hill is followed by an exhilarating 81 degree first drop. Like a hornet chasing its target, Fury 325 will race through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. Riders will speed along 6,602 feet of track during the nearly three and one half minute ride.

      The park will be revamped from top to bottom with new rides and attractions, signature Carolina food offerings and entertainment.

      ??Starting with Fury 325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrillseekers to celebrate the Carolinas,?? says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds Vice President and General Manager. ??The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world.??

      For those who can??t wait until Spring 2015 can take a virtual ride here. They can also check out photos, virtual renderings, ride stats and more.

      Fans can purchase a 2015 season pass or renew current season passes for the lowest price of the year at Carowinds.com this fall.

      Fury 325 is designed and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) of Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development and the same firm that brought Vortex to Carowinds in 1992, Afterburn in 1999, and The Intimidator? in 2010.