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Insane video puts you in front seat of world's tallest 'giga coaster'

A crazy new roller coaster modeled after a hornet's flight is coming to a Charlotte, N.C., amusement park -- and it's not for the faint of heart.

Before you watch the video above, I have to ask if you've eaten anything recently. If so, you might want to wait a bit. The video puts you smack at the front of the tallest giga coaster ever made -- Fury 325 -- which is set to debut at Carowinds, an amusement park in Charlotte, N.C., at the end of this month.

What's a giga coaster?

Good question. I didn't know either, and so I turned to trusty (for the most part) Wikipedia, which had this to say: "A giga coaster is a type of roller-coaster with a height or drop that ranges from 300 feet (91 meters) to 399 feet (122 meters) and completes a full circuit."

Giga coasters apparently come just after hyper coasters, which range from 200 feet to 299 feet, and just before strata coasters, which have drops in excess of 400 feet.

The Fury 325 climbs to an initial height of -- you guessed it -- 325 feet, and then the coaster car, which can hold 32 passengers, plunges down an 81-degree drop. "Like an angry hornet chasing its target, Fury 325 will race through a series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of up to 95 miles per hour," Carowinds explains. "Riders will speed along 6,602 feet of track during the nearly three-and-one-half-minute ride."

Fury 325 steals the giga coaster height crown from the Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan, which clocks in at a height of 318 feet and also hurtles passengers along at speeds up to 95 mph.

All that's well and good, but do you want to know what the truly best part of Fury 325 is? I live only two hours away from it. Oh. Yeah.