Fastest Roller Coaster in the World With Speeds of 155 mph Will Open at This Six Flags

A record-breaking roller coaster reaching speeds of 155 mph and pegged as the "most extreme roller coaster in the world" is set to open at the Six Flags Qiddiya theme park in Saudi Arabia.

The design process kicked off in January for the 'The Falcon's Flight', a ride developers promise will be the world's longest, fastest and tallest coaster.

The ride will travel across 2.5 miles, gathering speeds of up to 155 mph and feature a vertical cliff dive into a valley 500 feet deep, according to the Qiddiya Investment Company, which has partnered with U.S.-headquartered Six Flags for the build.

The three-minute thrill ride is set to use magnetic motor acceleration technology and will feature a "parabolic airtime hill allowing a weightlessness airtime experience", a press release issued by Qiddiya reads.

The Falcon's Flight
The design process kicked off in January for the "The Falcon's Flight," a ride developers promise will be the world's longest, fastest and tallest coaster. Qiddiya Investment Company QIC

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Uniquely, the ride offers its passengers panoramic views of the Saudi desert just outside the capital of Riyadh.

Footage released by Six Flags Qudiya shows an imposing four-carriage, 16-seat roller coaster in the design of a falcon, the bird it is named after.

Those behind the build say 'The Falcon's Flight' will also be the world's tallest free-standing coaster structure, calling the highly-anticipated ride the "most extreme roller coaster in the world".

"Rollercoaster fans around the world have been eagerly anticipating this ride since it was announced as there is nothing quite like it anywhere else," Phillipe Gas, Qiddiya's chief executive officer, said in a press release. "Now we are in the design stage with the experts at Intamin and the engineering team at Six Flags, the excitement is building! Falcon's flight will dominate the skyline at Qiddiya weave all the way around our destination, right out of the theme park, up the cliffside, and down the cliff face—the greatest drop of any ride in the world; it won't be for the fainthearted!"

Breaking News! Six Flags #Qiddiya, Saudi’s first theme park, will feature several record-breaking rides. Hold onto your seats tight and experience the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, “Falcon’s Flight”!#QiddiyaSoMuchMore
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Daniel Schoppen, vice president of design and development at Intamin Amusement Rides said the ride's unique setting and heights from surrounding natural cliffs will enable the team to design "an architectural masterpiece in steel."

Construction on the park, located about 40 minutes from Riyadh, kicked off in 2018 but 'The Falcon's Flight' won't be set to open until 2023.

The park promises "a number of record-breaking roller coasters, unique thrill experiences, incredible live shows and more", according to its website.

Six Flags Qiddiya
Six Flags Qiddiya will feature 28 rides and attractions across six themed lands: The City of Thrills; Discovery Springs; Steam Town; Twilight Gardens; Valley of Fortune; and Grand Exposition. Qiddiya Investment Company QIC

Six Flags Qiddiya will feature 28 rides and attractions across six themed lands: The City of Thrills; Discovery Springs; Steam Town; Twilight Gardens; Valley of Fortune; and Grand Exposition.

Six Flags runs theme parks across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and China. The original park was founded in Texas in 1961 and was themed on the six flags that once flew over the state.

The project is part of the Saudi government's effort to provide more entertainment facilities in the country in line with the broader Vision 2030 economic plan, according to Al Arabiya.

The finished ride will surpass the current fastest roller coaster 'Formula Rossa' found across the border in the UAE which hits a top speed of 150mph.

Newsweek has contacted Qiddiya Investment Company for comment.