Steel yourself for the record-breaking spinning roller coaster debuting in the US

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Steel yourself for the record-breaking spinning roller coaster debuting in the US

Artist renderings for the Time Traveller spinning roller coaster at Silver Dollar City. — Picture courtesy of Silver Dollar CityLOS ANGELES, Aug 22 — Plans for the Time Traveller, the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster have been revealed, with features like a 90-degree vertical drop and a trio of gravity-defying loops.

Instead of regular forward-facing trains, sketches for the Time Traveller call for four-seater cars that rotate and spin at dizzying speeds as the ride screams past scenic mountain and forest terrain, and careens into twists, turns and gravity-defying loops.

When it opens at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri next spring, the US$26-million (RM111 million) thrill ride will snag a slew of world records, including the title of the fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster in the world, the park claims. 

Here are the specs:

Fastest: Top speed of 50 miles (80 km) per hour

Steepest: A 10-storey, 90-degree vertical drop engineered down an Ozarks mountainside

Tallest: Custom-designed for mountainous terrain with its tallest point at 100 feet

First and only thrill ride to be designed with three inversions: a dive loop, a vertical loop and a zero-G Roll

First and only ride with a vertical loop: A 95-foot tall loop

Fastest roller coaster: Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.
The Formula Rossa can accelerate up to 240 km/h (149 mph) in less than five seconds. — Picture courtesy of Ferrari World

Largest roller coaster loop: Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California.
At 38.75 m (127.13 ft), the Full Throttle owns the title of largest loop. The total ride lasts one minute and 30 seconds. — Picture courtesy of Six Flags Magic Mountain

Most inversions: The Smiler, Staffordshire, UK.
The gravity-defying ride The Smiler at Alton Towers Resort …


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