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Take a look at the 28 thrill rides competing in ‘Insane Coaster Wars’

Formula Rossa
The Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi features the 149-mph Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster. (Ferrari World )
Superman: Ride of Steel
Superman: Ride of Steel at Maryland’s Six Flags America, a former No. 1 coaster in the annual Mitch Hawker poll, features intense airtime hills with speeds topping 70 mph. (Six Flags)
Shambhala
Named after the mythical Tibetan kingdom of Shambhala, the $35-million mountain climbing-themed roller coaster at Spain’s PortAventura theme park features a series of camelback hills, pitch-black tunnels and a water element. (PortAventura )
Tatsu
The flying coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California takes riders on a head-first, face-down ride through pretzel loops, horseshoe twists, barrel rolls and corkscrews. Think of it as high-speed, terrain-hugging hang gliding. (Six Flags)
Blue Fire
The Blue Fire launch coaster was built by Mack Rides as a prototype at the company-owned Europa-Park in Germany, which serves as a proving ground for the manufacturer’s newest rides. With a 60 mph launch and four inversions, the lap bar-only Blue Fire features heart rate monitors and video screens for each rider. (Europa-Park)
Intimidator 305
As the name implies, the Dale Earnhardt-themed Intimidator 305 roller coaster at Kings Dominion in Virginia tops out at 305 feet. (Kings Dominion)
Tower of Terror II
The Tower of Terror II shuttle coaster at Australia’s Dream World more than makes up for its short ride in speed (0 to 100 mph in 7 seconds), height (377 feet) and weightlessness (6.5 seconds). (Dream World )
Titan
The Titan mega coaster at Six Flags Over Texas reaches impressive speeds (85 mph) and heights (245 feet). (Six Flags)
Leviathan
With an 80-degree first drop, the inversionless Giga coaster built by Switzerland’s Bolliger & Mabillard at Canada’s Wonderland is designed for speed. (Canada’s Wonderland)
Griffon
The Griffon floorless dive machine at Busch Gardens in Virginia features a pair of vertical drops, each topping 100 feet. (Busch Gardens )
Colossos
The 197-foot-tall Colossos at Germany’s Heide Park ranks as the tallest wooden coaster in the world. (Heide Park)
Skyrush
The 200-foot-tall Skyrush coaster at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania features a near-vertical 85-degree first drop followed by four high-speed banking turns and five airtime hills at speeds reaching 75 mph. (Hersheypark )
Dodonpa
Dodonpa at Japan’s Fuji-Q Highland features the world’s fastest launch at 0 to 107 mph in 1.8 seconds. (Fuji-Q Highland )
Nitro
Nitro features a 215-foot drop, reaching speeds of 80 mph over a 5,394-foot-long L-shaped track. The mega coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey is known for its six camelback hills, a 540-degree helix and a signature hammerhead U-turn. (Six Flags)
Expedition GeForce
The 2001 Expedition GeForce at Germany’s Holiday Park ranks as the world’s No. 1 steel coaster in the annual Mitch Hawker poll. (Holiday Park )
New Texas Giant
Originally built by Dinn Corp. in 1990, the $10-million rehabilitation of the New Texas Giant added a 79-degree first drop and highly banked turns along with a million pounds of steel via Rocky Mountain’s Iron Horse treatment. (Six Flags)
Takabisha
The seven-inversion Takabisha at Japan’s Fuji-Q Highland ranks as the world’s steepest roller coaster with a beyond vertical 121-degree first drop. (Fuji-Q Highland )
Volcano: The Blast
Volcano: The Blast at Virginia’s Kings Dominion, a 1998 Intamin inverted launch coaster, once held the record for tallest inversion for its distinctive 155-foot-tall roll-out element. (Kings Dominion)
Furius Baco
With seats that straddle the track, the Intamin hydraulic-launch coaster at Spain’s PortAventura theme park reaches a top speed of more than 80 miles per hour. (PortAventura)
Maverick
The $21-million launched coaster features a 100-foot drop at a beyond vertical 95-degree angle. Prior to opening Maverick in 2007, Cedar Point removed the heartline roll track segment because the 360-degree inversion put too much stress on the trains. (Cedar Point)
Superman Escape
Superman Escape at Australia’s Warner Bros. Movie World combines a dark ride experience with the thrill of a launch coaster. (Warner Bros. Movie World)
X2
Six Flags Magic Mountain’s X2, the world’s first fourth-dimension coaster, features rotating 360-degree seats that spin forward and backward as the train navigates the track. (Six Flags)
iSpeed
The 180-foot-tall iSpeed electro-magnetic launch coaster at Italy’s Mirabilandia theme park reaches a top speed of 75 mph. (Mirabilandia )
X-Flight
With seats that straddle the track, the X-Flight wing coaster at Six Flags Great America near Chicago takes riders through a series of near-miss fly-through elements. (Six Flags)
Katun
Built in 2000, the relentless Katun inverted coaster at Italy’s Mirabilandia navigates six inversions along a 4,000-foot-long course. (Mirabilandia)
Magnum XL-200
Launching an early volley in the 1990s coaster wars, Magnum XL-200 was the first complete circuit coaster to break the 200-foot height barrier. Topping 70 mph, the hypercoaster passes through three tunnels along a 5,100-foot-long track. Since its 1989 debut at Cedar Point, Magnum has consistently remained in Amusement Today’s annual list of top 10 steel coasters. (Cedar Point)
Behemoth
The 230-foot-tall Behemoth mega coaster at Canada’s Wonderland reaches a top speed of 77 mph. (Canada’s Wonderland)
Batwing
The 2001 Batwing flying coaster at Six Flags Maryland navigates five inversions along a 3,300-foot-long track. (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)
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