‘Fast and Furious’ Roller Coaster Coming to Universal Studios

‘Fast and Furious’ Roller Coaster Coming to Universal Studios
(L-R) Don Omar, Tego Calderon, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, and Vin Diesel from the action thriller 'Fast Five.' (Courtesy of Jaimie Trueblood/The Universal Studios)
City News Service

Universal Studios Hollywood officials July 12 confirmed plans for a long-rumored outdoor roller coaster based on the “Fast and Furious” film franchise.

In a statement, theme park officials said the ride will be “equipped with a state-of-the-art ride system uniquely created to engulf guests within the dynamic ‘Fast and Furious’ universe.”

No specific details about the new attraction were immediately released, with park officials saying only that “construction will soon begin” on the coaster. An opening date was not announced.

Speculation about the attraction has increased in recent months amid coaster-and park-enthusiast groups, some of which posted early conceptual renderings and even videos about the rumored ride—claiming it will be dubbed “Fast & Furious Hollywood Drift” and put riders in spinning cars designed to simulate the feeling of a drifting race car.

The Southern California News Group reported that the attraction was described in general terms in a county permit application, saying it will start on the theme park’s upper lot, descend to the lower lot, and then make its way back up the hill near the “Starway” escalator.

Universal Studios’s famed backlot tram tour already features a “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” attraction that features actors from the film franchise, including star Vin Diesel.