This is off topic but I thought worth sharing. Looking at the image (right) of Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi it seems a bit “computer render” but this is a photograph. The shrine to all things Ferrari was recently closed in and certainly stood out in the coverage from last weekends inaugural Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix. It doesn’t fully open until 2010 but was used for some support events, concerts and the has the worlds largest Ferrari store.
I have been to Disney’s world but suspect Ferrari World will be more fun for big boys. Imagine GM Test Track done with Italian style and no budget limitations.
To give some idea of scale: the yellow prancing horse emblem on the roof is 66m (216ft) diameter and the structure encloses 200,000m² (2,152,782 ft²). I wouldn’t want the job of brushing the sand off that roof!
While it wouldn’t match a visit to the Maranello Factory for history it is the perfect stopover on the way to collect your new Ferrari for a European tour. So, what are the odds of winning Lotto?
The iconic sleek red roof directly inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body covers a surface area of 200,000m² and features the largest Scuderia Ferrari “prancing horse” emblem in the world, measuring 66m in diameter. 35,000 tonnes m³ of concrete, 12,370 tonnes of steel, 29,000m² of facade glazing and 165,000m² of roof cladding were used to create the park’s superstructure which was completed in 14 months.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit venue for enthusiasts, fans and families. It pays tribute to the passion, excellence, performance and technical innovation that Ferrari has established over the years and represents today.
The Park will host over 20 state-of-the-art attractions, each designed to bring to life a different part of the Ferrari story. This includes the world’s fastest rollercoaster, travelling at speeds exceeding 200 km/h emulating the thrilling sensation of being in a Ferrari F1 car, the G-force experience that takes passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62 m through the roof and back down again, as well as an aerial voyage over Italy, following a Ferrari. The unique experiences offered at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be complemented by a wide variety of Italian delicacies and unique shopping experiences…