Creator of the Cloud Coaster, Extreme Engineering, is to design and build the first roller coaster in North America to go through a Ferris wheel.

The company unveiled the ride at the IAAPA Attractions Expo.

The attraction has been commissioned for Quebec’s Mega Parc which is being reimagined as a Steampunk experience. Guests will be immersed in a surreal, 19th century world that will see steam-powered machines, factories and steel take over the park.

Extreme Engineering announce IAAPA Press Conference to unveil North America's first coaster through a Ferris wheel

Cloud Coaster will be Mega Parc’s centrepiece

The park’s centrepiece will be the Cloud Coaster sending guests soaring through a hub-less Ferris wheel. Riders will start 60 feet above the ground and rocket across 405 linear feet of track. The coaster will swoop in and out of the wheel, providing a bird’s-eye view of the entire park.

According to Extreme Engineering, this particular coaster layout will include a new cart design, 2 lifts and travel at speeds of over 25mph. The attraction expects to handle over 120 riders per hour on a single rider format.

“We literally are making the unreal become a reality,” enthuses Matt Rehnstrom, VP of Sales with Extreme Engineering. “This doesn’t seem possible but, in fact, is quite the opposite.”

Extreme Engineering announce IAAPA Press Conference to unveil North America's first coaster through a Ferris wheel

Mega Parc is believed to be investing $52 million on the revamp which will offer attractions for the whole family. The 30-year-old indoor amusement park is undergoing an infrastructure overhaul in preparation for the new rides. Aside from the coaster, the park is set to include the world’s largest indoor ice-skating rink along with 15 further attractions.

“Each attraction will look incredible, something you would expect to see right out of a world-class amusement park,” comments Phil Wilson, EVP of Extreme Engineering.

The work is expected to take around 18 months. In the meantime, mall shoppers will have access to a full line-up of temporary entertainment options.  More information can be found here.