Fury 325 Construction Update 1/30/15
On Friday, Carowinds placed the final piece of track into place for Fury 325. We had the opportunity to take a hard hat tour of the Fury 325 site yesterday, and took some photos. Be sure to check out part one of our construction update that focuses on Carowinds’ New Entrance Plaza and Slingshot Attraction.
Fury 325 provides a dramatic addition to Carowinds’ skyline. The coaster is visible for miles on Interstate 77.
Crews were hard at work touching up paint on Fury’s track and supports.
The top over-banked curve takes place after Fury 325’s 325-foot drop.
Fury 325 has several moments where the track hugs the ground, sometimes getting as low as five feet from ground level.
Just one more piece to go!
When we got to the park, the final piece of track was being checked.
Beautfiul B&M Track.
The track being lowered one last time before being installed.
The queue line for Fury 325 will feature Honeycomb-shaped Wind/Sun Screens.
Fury 325’s three train bay was still under construction.
Carowinds GM and Vice President Mike Fehnel (In Brown Jacket) was supervising the construction.
Prepping for the final piece to be installed.
The final piece installed was track piece number 162.
Easing #162 into place.
Fits like a glove!
Workers tightening some of the final bolts.
We headed back to the main entrance of the park to look at the rest of the Coaster. Mr. Fehnel made a point to tell us that Fury 325 was “not a parking lot coaster,” and tons of asphalt was being pulled up.
The 200′ tall over-banked turn.
Riders will fly over Carowinds main entrance, go into this over-banked turn, and then dive under a pedestrian bridge.
I personally have never seen an element like this on a roller coaster before.
Fury 325 is going to be an airtime machine and speed monster.
It’s remarkable how quickly Fury 325 is coming together. I was at Carowinds when they announced Fury 325 on August 24. 105 days later, they put the top piece of the lift hill on on December 4, and put the last piece into place just 57 days later on January 30. Just 162 Days from Announcement to 6602′ feet of track being completed on the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest Giga Coaster.
Some quick “By The Numbers” Facts for Fury 325:
- 4.265 – million pounds of steel used to build the ride (2,133 tons)
- 60,000 – hours needed for workers to complete installation
- 15,500 – high-strength bolts that hold in place a total of 192 track elements that must fit precisely together end-to-end
- 3,400 – gallons of paint used
- 50 – engineers from the industry leader in roller coaster development who worked for 12 months on the dynamic design, engineering and fabrication drawings
- 200 – workers required to complete the fabrication over a 12-month stretch
What do you think about Fury 325? Are you coming to Carowinds in 2015 to ride? Let us know in the comments section below!