The mighty 325 foot tall giga coaster so tall it crosses state boundaries...
|Park Area||Thrill Zone|
|Opened||28 March 2015|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Max Speed||95 mph|
Most parks would be happy with a giant hyper coaster as their headline attraction, but not Carowinds. Just five years after they opened Intimidator, their 232 foot tall hyper coaster, the park pushed the boundaries skywards once again with Fury 325, a 325 foot tall Giga coaster.
Like its predecessor, Fury 325 is a Bolliger & Mabillard Hyper Coaster (yes, B&M still use the term "hyper" even though the above 300 ft height puts Fury 325 into Giga Coaster territory).
Along with the astonishing 320ft first drop (the 325 refers to the 325ft height of the lift hill), the rollercoaster features multiple high speed sweeping curves and banked turns. While there are some huge airtime hills, the layout feels much more about curves than bunny hops. It looks great too - there's a photo perfect moment as the track passes over Carowinds' main entrance, the train crossing between the Carolinas as it goes.
All that being said, although many will disagree with me I actually prefer Intimidator to Fury 325. Sure, Fury is faster and has the massive first drop, but it doesn't really feel like it does much "extra" with the additional height or speed. That isn't to say it's not a good ride ... it's just not as well rounded and awesome as it perhaps could be.
Fury 325 entrance plaza
Climbing the 325ft lift hill
320ft first drop
Fury 325's track crosses the North and South Carolina state boundary over Carowinds' main entrance
The train reaches a maximum speed of 95 miles per hour
Fury 325 towers over everything else in the park