What’s in a number? In this case, a lot. 325 feet is the height of this colossal B&M giga coaster which towers over Carowinds, opened in 2015 and as I write is the premier attraction. The name Fury came about because the ride is themed to resemble the chase of a hornet.
Fury 325 operates with three trains seating four across in eight rows for a total capacity of 32 riders. The restraints consist of a lap bar and seat belt. From the loading station the train goes directly up the chain lift hill and the ascent is surprisingly quick. As the train nears the top of the hill it accelerates, then decelerates before hanging over the drop and plunging 320 feet at a wicked 81-degree angle. And what a drop! This is floater airtime at its best.
From the initial drop the train veers slightly left and then goes up into a 190-foot right-angled barrel turn. This is followed by a high speed S curve, overbanked curve and horseshoe turn. The train drops into a tunnel (one of the highlights of the ride), rises into a banked curve, navigates a camelback hill, enters a helix and traverses two more camelback hills.
The speed at which Fury travels – 95mph – and the intensity of the ride is astonishing. This coaster offers both floater and ejector airtime, the latter due to the sharp angles. The numerous elements and relentless pace result in a thrilling ride experience. A camelback hill near the end of the ride offers exquisite floater airtime. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Fury 325 is, in a word, furious. In addition, it’s a marvel of engineering which more than lives up to its advance publicity. 5 out of 5 stars. For more information about rides at Carowinds, visit https://www.carowinds.com/