Out of the many roller coasters i have ridden Colossus is the one i just wanted to experience over and over again. I liked it that much that going on it again on my own wasn’t a problem even when it came to the photo! If you’re a huge lover of inversions this ride will get you screaming for more.
Colossus is a roller coaster at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, UK. Another amazing ride built by Swiss manufacturers Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel as an adaptation of Monte Makaya in Brazil. John Wardley, Tussuands designer adapted the project to include an further two inversions as well as reducing its height. Colossus was the world’s first roller coaster with ten amazing inversions;. Tenth Ring Roller Coaster in Chimelong Paradise in China was later built, an exact replica of Colossus.
Intamin the manufacturers used a similar train style to their Hyper Coaster models which meant removing the sides of the train. Yes this was a much more adrenaline pumping full view experience but as you can imagine it caused problems as riders could lift their legs outside of the train whilst it was in motion obviously not a wise thing to do. Only for a brief time between 2002 and 2003 the ride was equipped with metal bars on the sides of the train to prevent this. During 2003 the trains were fitted with new style restraints to prevent riders from doing this and the metal plates were removed (legs still intact).
Colossus is formed of, wait for it………a vertical loop, a cobra roll, two corkscrews and five heart line twists. When waiting in the queue the surrounding design of the ride is a rough theme of the recently unearthed Atlantean civilization ruins and the music played is composed by Ian Habgood, his music is also shared with Colossus in Heide Park, Germany. During planning and construction Colossus was known as Project Odyssey, both names allude to Ancient Greece.
Colossus opened 22nd March 2002 and cost £10,000,000. The ride reaches 45mph which might not seem fast but you don’t need to be going fast to enjoy the inversions this ride offers. When on the cork screw you experience the complete 360 turn over numerous times and you think to yourself when is it going to end! The duration of the ride is 1:45 and 1300 riders enjoy it per hour.
Believe it or not, for a 10 inversion coaster the layout is rather simple. After the left ill you turn back on yourself and then go down a curved drop and then straight into a vertical loop. After this you go over the bunny-hop then you come to the cobra roll which makes you face the opposite direction. So that’s 3 inversions so far. Next up it’s the corkscrews, one after the other with no break in-between it does seem never-ending. Then you go round a long bend to turn back round. The train slows down a lot at this point and this is because the bend is uphill. Ok so that’s now 5 inversions, the next 4 are inline twists one after the other. At the other end of the ride round the corner you have another online twist that takes you back into the station.
Definitely one of my most favorite rides I have ridden. Also one of my most favorite parks!
Current Coaster Name: Colossus Current Park Name: Thorpe Park Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Surrey, England, UK Status: Operating Links: http://www.thorpepark.com/ Cost: $16.200,000 US Dollars ( 10,000,000 UK Pounds Sterling)
Type: Steel Looper Opened: March 22nd, 2002 Designer: Intamin Features: Themed, 1 Underground Tunnel Height: 98 feet Max Drop: 95 ft Max Speed: 45 Mph Length: 2,789 ft Acceleration: Inversions: 10 Duration: 1:45 Trains: 2 Capacity: 1050 per hour