Nitro is another wicked steel roller coaster created my Bolliger and Mabillard at Six Flags Great Adventure. To ride Nitro you will have to travel to New Jersey. It opened in the spring of 2001 and at the time it was the fastest roller coaster in New Jersey and the tallest on the East Coast United States.
Also did you know that Nitro has the second steepest drop roller coaster in the park, behind El Toro’s 70 degree first drop! El Toro is an insane wooden coaster ride based at Six Flags Great Adventure (One of my favorite wooden coasters!)
One of the most unfortunate things about the ride is the long queue times you have to wait. Althoiugh sometimes it’s not too bad because of the high capacity the trains can hold. On May 6, 2011, Nitro stopped at the top of the first drop. No one was hurt, and the ride was renewed in a matter of ten seconds. On May 30, 2011, Nitro’s train stop mid-way up the lift as the lift made a loud noise. Reason is still unknown but I’m sure people on the ride had some brown pants after hearing it.
Although there are no inversions, the ride has six camelbacks, a hammer head turn and a 540-degree helix. Next the all-clear signal, Nitro leaves the station and makes a left U-turn dip and up onto the 233 foot lift hill. After reaching the 233-foot mark, the train crests the top and drops 215 feet at 68 degrees, reaching its top speed of 80 mph then up a second 189 foot tall hill and then headfirst down to the left through a 161 foot airtime hill. Now that’s fast for a roller coaster! After the moment of weightlessness, Nitro enters its unique element, the Hammerhead turn, a tight U-turn to the right. Soaring over another camelback hill, Nitro enters its S-curve and into the 540-degree helix. After the trim brakes, Nitro flies over three camelback hills and returns to the station. While the front row of each train is known for a almost unparalleled view and smoothness, the back row is reputed as having the most airtime throughout the ride, especially at the top of the first drop and the dive off the mid-course brake run. You know now to ride at the back!
Personally, I can give to faults for this ride. (Personal thoughts) For $20,000,000 you would think they would install some descent restraints. Im not a fan of lap bar restraints on roller coasters. The other fault which I have already mentioned, the queue times! I hate lines and I’m so impatient!