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Children can take a Ferrari for a spin on Yas Island

Theme park carousel at Yas Island's Ferrari World will put children in the driver's seat of real cars as they travel round.
The carousel at Ferrari World includes never-before-seen Ferrari prototypes.
The carousel at Ferrari World includes never-before-seen Ferrari prototypes.

ABU DHABI // The world's biggest indoor theme park yesterday published the first photographs of its take on the classic children's carousel, with Ferrari's trademark prancing stallions replacing the traditional wooden ones. Red concept cars and once-secret prototype vehicles will feature on the rotating platform at the Ferrari World Carousel, one of more than 20 attractions at the amusement park.

The idea was to give small children the feeling of test-driving a real Ferrari, said Andy Keeling, the park manager. "That's the fun, that's the essence," he said yesterday. "Imagine the idea. A three-year-old boy, my son, gets into his own Ferrari and goes for a little drive on our carousel. For him he's driving a real Ferrari, so it's fantastic for children to have this moment of fantasy and take their Ferrari for a drive."

Rather than a theme park melody, the ride, which moves at a neck-snapping four and a half kilometres an hour, will be set to the sound of revving engines. For many, riding on the carousel will be the closest they get to experiencing the futuristic reproduction convertibles and scooters, which will have moving brake pedals, accelerators and horns. The prototypes are all never-before-seen winning concepts dreamt up in four of the world's best automotive design academies, chosen through the 2005 "Ferrari: New concepts for the myth" competition.

The carousel will be aimed at all ages, as opposed to some of the 20,000-square-metre park's more extreme rides, such as the 240kph Formula Rossa, touted as the world's fastest roller coaster. Other child-friendly attractions include the Junior GT driving school, where youngsters will climb into a scaled-down F430 GT Spider and test their handling skills on a miniature course. Ferrari World will open on October 28 and is expected to become a signature attraction on Yas Island.

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Published: September 23, 2010 04:00 AM

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