Cedar Point is breaking records with the tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster in the world. Opening Spring 2018, Steel Vengeance’s new hybrid design combines a steel running track on a massive wooden structure that provides a smooth ride while enabling the coaster’s trains to perform maneuvers previously unheard of on a wooden roller coaster.
Riders will board one of three trains and climb 205 feet above Cedar Point’s FrontierTown before dropping 200 feet at a 90-degree angle and soaring through multiple airtime hills—including the world’s fastest airtime hill ever created on a hybrid roller coaster. The figure-eight layout includes twists and dives, overbanked turns and surprise maneuvers, such as the first-of-its-kind “”Twisted Snake Dive,”” in which the coaster’s train will enter a half-barrel roll, hang upside down for a brief moment, and then, rather than completing a full roll, turn back in the direction of travel. The entire ride will last approximately two minutes and 30 seconds.
As the world’s first “”hyper-hybrid”” roller coaster, Steel Vengeance not only combines a hybrid construction of smooth steel track set atop a wooden support structure, but also reaches a height of over 200 feet. It marks the fourth classification of roller coaster necessary to define Cedar Point’s coaster creations.
With the addition of Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point will break both roller coaster and amusement park records:
- World’s tallest hybrid roller coaster (205 feet)
- World’s fastest hybrid roller coaster (74 mph)
- World’s steepest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (90 degrees)
- World’s longest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (200 feet)
- World’s longest hybrid roller coaster (5,740 feet)
- Most inversion on a hybrid roller coaster (4)
- Fastest airtime on a hybrid roller coaster (27.2 seconds)
- Most airtime on any roller coaster (27.2 seconds)
- World’s first “”hyper-hybrid”” roller coaster
- Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,423 feet / 11.4 miles)
- Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (57,865 feet / 11 miles)
- Most rides at one amusement park (71)
- Most roller coasters with a first drop of 90 degrees or more at one amusement park (5)
Steel Vengeance is being constructed by the roller coaster engineers and builders at Rocky Mountain Construction, a company that specializes in the reconstruction and reimagination of traditional wooden coasters.
Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Teach & Travel.
Photo courtesy of Cedar Point.