Top Thrill Dragster – 2nd Fastest Roller Coaster in the World


The photo above was taken in Cedar Point, Ohio in Mei 2010. This bike is really awesome and make me freak hahaha. FYI, this is the 2nd fastest Roller Coaster in the World right behind me hehehe. Check this information below that I cited from Wikipedia.

Top Thrill Dragster is a steel, Hydraulic-launched roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It was the first “Strata Coaster”, loosely defined as a complete circuit coaster that is over 400 feet (120 m) tall. It was built by Intamin and debuted to the public on May 4, 2003. It is one of only two stratacoasters in existence, the other being Kingda Ka (2005) at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. It is the second tallest roller coaster in the world.

It was the second hydraulically-launched roller coaster built by Intamin, following Xcelerator at Knott’s Berry Farm. The tagline for Top Thrill Dragster is “Race for the Sky”.
Due to aviation safety regulations and for the purpose of warning air traffic, the tower is equipped with four dual strobes: three midway up and one on the highest point on the coaster.


Records
When Top Thrill Dragster first debuted, it set four new records:
-Tallest coaster
-Fastest top speed of any coaster
-Steepest drop on a roller coaster (tied with other coasters)
-First complete circuit coaster to top 400 feet

It was the fourth roller coaster to break the 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) speed barrier. It was preceded in this feat by Tower of Terror II at Dreamworld, Australia, Superman: The Escape at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California and Dodonpa (located at Fuji-Q Highland).
The previous record holder for overall height was Superman: The Escape at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California 415 feet (126 m). Top Thrill Dragster broke this record at 420 feet (130 m). Its record was broken in 2005 when Kingda Ka opened at Six Flags Great Adventure, in New Jersey, USA, standing 456 feet (139 m) tall.

The previous record holder for speed was Dodonpa, at 107 miles per hour (172 km/h). This record was broken by Top Thrill Dragster, which reaches speeds up to 120 miles per hour (190 km/h) (depending on wind and other conditions), which was later broken by Kingda Ka which reached a top speed of 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) and, in November 2010, by Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with a top speed of 240 kilometres per hour (149 mph).

In 2007, it reached its goal of a million riders in one year. The following years proved its ability to entertain riders. Since 2007, it has reached at least 1 million riders in a year and continues to be one of the best rides at Cedar Point.

Source : Wikipedia

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