Japan Prepares To Unveil World's Steepest Rollercoaster
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:47 AM
A new rollercoaster in Japan - which will boast the steepest vertical drop of any ride in the world - is set to raise the bar for thrill-seekers.
On July 16th, the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, in the shadow of Mount Fuji in Yamanash, will unveil the stomach-flipping Takabisha ride - an attraction that includes seven major twists over 1000 metres of track, and a nerve-jangling drop of 43 metres.
The ride's designers have called in adjudicators from the Guinness Book of World Records to ratify that the drop, which involves a 121° freefall, is the steepest on any attraction anywhere in the world.
The Takabisha, which translates as 'dominant' in English, relies on a combination of gravity and a set of linear motors on the cars. These accelerate the coaster to speeds of 100kmph. Riders experience weightlessness as they 'nosedive' down the sharp incline, before later being plunged into darkness. But there is little time to enjoy the view of snow-capped Mount Fuji. The ride lasts just 112 seconds.
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