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Ferrari Land construction continues at PortAventura

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The Spanish resort PortAventura World has confirmed that its new Ferrari Land park will open in April of next year.

One year on from the start of construction, (the first stone was laid on May 7, 2015), the presence of the legendary Italian marque is now being felt at PortAventura as the first “Prancing Horse” was installed in the form of a 12 x 9m shield attached to the new park’s signature launch coaster. Set to claim the bragging rights as Europe’s tallest rollercoaster, the “vertical accelerator” will be completed within the coming weeks and already stands 112m above the town of Salou, close to the Costa Dorada.

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The construction team from RCS hoists the Ferrari logo onto the launch coaster

Ground and foundation upgrading work is complete on the Ferrari Land project and the construction team is now working on buildings and installations for the attractions.

“In addition to the accelerator, we are also forging ahead with the construction of an electric car circuit,” reveals PortAventura World director of development, Luís Valencia. “The track will cover a distance of more than 500m and the vehicles are based on Ferrari GP racing cars”.

Other attractions promised include two S&S tower rides, simulators, a children’s attraction and a feature where visitors can experience a real pit stop and change the wheels of a F1 racing car. These will be set amongst a themed representation including buildings from Maranello, home of Ferrari. The 60,000 sq m area is being built next to the main entrance of the existing PortAventura park and close to Hotel PortAventura.

By partnering with Ferrari, PortAventura World hopes to achieve greater international recognition and grow annual resort-wide attendance to around 4 million. More than 50 companies have been involved in the various phases of the €100 million Ferrari Land project and it is expected that, once opened, it will generate up to 150 direct and indirect jobs.

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