Thrills greater than hyperspeed coasters are few and far between. They get the blood flowing and the heart pumping and they make the hair on our arms stand on edge, all in a matter of seconds. We're not here to beat around the bush with carousels of kiddy coasters - nope, we're heading straight to the big guns.
From the U.K out west, Poland further east, and everywhere in between, let's take a look at what are officially the fastest, most intimidating, heart-stopping, shriek-inducing roller coasters across the vast, stunning continent that is Europe. Next time you're venturing through the area make sure to check them out!
10 Pepsi Max Big One
At a thrilling peak speed of 74 mph, the Pepsi Max Big One might not be the fastest on this list by any means, but it's still all but guaranteed to induce plenty of screams for anyone brave enough to buckle up in its seats.
Coaster enthusiasts can find this behemoth of a thrill ride over in the UK at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Lancashire, England. It actually held the record of Europe's fastest ride for a whopping 7 years, until it was overtaken by the counterparts we'll discover shortly, midway through 2001.
9 Expedition GeForce
Believe it or not but we actually have a tie for 8th place, each making it up to nerve-racking top speeds of 74.6 miles per hour. Our first subject is Expedition GeForce, the steel roller coaster that sits out at Holiday Park in Haßloch, Germany, in between Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
While it might not be able to hold the trophy as the continent's fastest, is does have impressive claims as one of the region's longest, traversing three-quarters of a mile (about 1.2 kilometers) of track jam-packed with seven periods of terrifying weightlessness. Would you have the guts to try it?
Sharing 8th place with the aforementioned Expedition GeForce, say hello to Italy's very own iSpeed, which also reaches a top speed of 74.6 miles per hour. Over at the Mirabilandia theme park, the intimidating steel coaster is actually made by the same company that created the Maverick over at Cedar Point in Ohio.
Despite the entire journey from start to finish being all said and done in about a minute, it's still well and truly long enough to scare the bejeesus of anyone on board, especially when it reaches its max height of 55 m.
7 Silver Star
Notching up an impressively intimidating top speed of 78.9 miles per hour, the Silver Star over at Europa Park in Baden-Württemberg Germany, directly next to the Rhine River which borders France.
Europa Park is actually Europe's second most popular theme park, following only Disneyland Paris, so it makes plenty of sense that it would boast some of the continent's most impressive roller coasters as well. Not everyone is brave enough to take the plunge, however, those that are consistently run to the back of the line to do it all again.
After spending some time over in Germany, we're heading out west to Chertsey in Surrey, England, where the intimidating Stealth roller coaster awaits. As the UK's official fastest roller coaster, Thorpe Park's Stealth reaches a gripping top speed of 80 miles per hour, all in less than it took you to read this sentence (under two seconds).
For a little over a year, Stealth reigned supreme in all of Europe, however, it's been overtaken by a number of hair-raising roller coasters since.
If hair-raising thrills and heart-thumping action is what you're after, then the Shambhala roller coaster is as mean and thrilling a feat as any. Located over at the PortAventura Park in Tarragona, Spain, Shambhala has been (safely) terrorizing riders since it was first opened to the public back in 2012.
The steel hypercoaster generates a dizzying G-force of 3.8, a max vertical angle of 77.4°
and boasts an alarming 78 m (256 ft) drop. So, as the saying goes, make sure to keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times.
4 Furius Baco
Despite missing out on a place in our illustrious top three by less than 5 miles per hour, Furius Baco still finds plenty of ways to send goosebumps to anyone who climbs aboard. As the name suggests, it is indeed exceptionally furious, reaching 83.9 miles per hour across tight turns, dramatic lifts, steep drops, and a handful of dizzying corkscrews - and we don't say dizzying lightly, you might want to wait till after the ride to chow down on lunch.
Furius Baco can be found, like our 5th-placed coaster, at the thrill paradise that is PortAventura Park in Salou, Tarragona, Spain.
Ladies and gentlemen, let's give a warm round of applause to our bronze medal winner, none other than Hyperion! This steel roller coaster, which can be found over at Energylandia in Zator, Poland, reaches an alarming top speed of 88.2 miles per hour in just a matter of seconds.
Hyperion is easily the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in Poland, and without a doubt one of the most intimidating as well - just take a look at those giant drops - it's certainly no kids' coaster, that's for sure.
2 Ring Racer
Sliding into number two is the one and one and only Ring Racer, which catapults riders toward a death-defying top speed to 99.4 miles per hour. It can be found over Nürburgring, which is motorsports complex in Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, that can fit approximately 150,000 people when the crowds pour in for major racing events.
Ring Racer actually held the title as Europe's fastest coaster from October 31, 2013, for a few years, until, of course, our next guest swooped in and claimed that illustrious title as its own.
1 Red Force
Alright, coaster fanatics. We've sped across the entire continent in search of the fastest, most adrenaline-pumping thrills and we've finally made it to number one. At a whopping top speed of 119.9 mph, the Red Force Roller Coaster at Ferrari Land Spain in Tarragona takes the high-speed cake.
Since it opened its cars to the public back on April 7, 2017, Red Force has held the official title of the fastest roller coaster in Europe. Aside from its dramatic speed, the steel-launched roller coaster also reaches a dizzying height of close to 112 meters.