From 0 to 112mph in just five seconds – or 900 years in one day? From Europe’s fastest roller coaster to fascinating history, why Catalonia is the perfect corner of Spain

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There is a downside to bagging a front-row seat on the fastest ride at Ferrari Land, the theme park at Port Aventura World in Spain. 

Protective eyewear is required to safeguard against potential bird strikes – the measure was introduced after one flew into the face of an unsuspecting thrill-seeker just days after the rollercoaster opened in April.

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At nearly 370ft high, Red Force is Europe’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster. We rocketed from zero to 112mph in just five seconds, with a near-vertical climb and drop. The ride lasts only about 30 seconds, but it feels like an eternity.

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