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This Roller Coaster Will Break Ten World Records

D-briefBy Carl EngelkingSep 16, 2015 10:11 PM
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A digital rendering of Valravn. (Credit: Cedar Point) Roller coaster designers in Switzerland have created — no, summoned — a thrill ride that will either leave you begging for mercy or wanting more. Next summer, when the first riders strap into the Valravn coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, they’ll ride a hunk of steel that’ll set a total of 10 world records in superlative roller coaster categories such as tallest dive and longest drop. In other words, hang on to your lunch.

Record-Setter

Valravn is the 100^th roller coaster designed by the Swiss firm Bolliger & Mabillard, so it makes sense that they’d mark this milestone with something special. Cedar Point is home to some of the world’s most extreme roller coasters, so the new ride will fit right in when it opens in 2016. Here’s a look at the records Valravnwill set when it goes into operation:

1.Tallest dive coaster (223 feet) 2. Fastest dive coaster (75 mph) 3. Longest dive coaster (3,415 feet) 4. Most inversions on a dive coaster (three) 5. Longest drop on a dive coaster (214 feet) 6. Highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet) 7. Most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5) 8. Most rides at one amusement park (72) 9. Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles) 10. Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles)

Riders will sit eight abreast on floorless trains with tiered seating — so you won’t miss those stomach-elevating drops. If those stats aren’t enough to whet your appetite for a thrill, Cedar Point put together a first-person virtual reality video of the ride so you can see what’s waiting for you at the end of the sprawling Valravn line next summer.

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