Stealth is one of my personal favorites! This had my heart pumping and my adrenaline rushing through my veins as I waited in the queue wondering whether I should turn back or not. This great steel roller coaster was built in Switzerland by Intamin. If you want to experience the rush of this one, you will have to travel to Thorpe Park which is in Surrey, England
The ride stunned many adrenaline junkies when the coaster opened in 2006. It reaches a maximum height of 62.5 meters (205ft). When Stealth opened in 2006 it previously accelerated from 0-80 in 2.3 seconds, but in 2007 the ride’s acceleration was upgraded and became capable of accelerating at a crazy 0 to 80mph in 1.9 seconds.
It is the fastest accelerating but also the tallest launch coaster in the UK. At the base of the top hat on each side, you will experience G-forces of up to 4.7G and it is thought to have cost a whopping £12 million pounds to manufacture and construct.
The first time I went on stealth I was in a near situation where a new pair of pants was nearly in need. I remember seeing a young kid in front of me looking really scared but I couldn’t help but think I was a lot more terrified. To make matters worse, a friend kindly mentioned that some time the rollercoaster will get to its peak at the top and not have enough power to continue over the bend. Which means, another terrifying experience rushing backwards. They call this the “Roll Back”.
The roll back as with many of Intamin launch coasters is said to have stalled or experienced a roll back if it is un able to complete the course because of energy loss. Although very unlikely (sigh of relief) roll backs can be caused by friction between the wheels and the track, or in the wheel bearings. Believe it or not weather can play a part in the running of roller coasters. For example it can run slow with cold weather conditions, so this is a contributing factor with roll backs.
Now for the good part! After a long frustrating and terrifying 90 minute wait my turn had arrived. I sat down in my seat realizing I was actually more afraid about going up then coming down. Once the train has been locked, checked and the catch car has attached, an American accented voice announces “Place your heads back, face forwards, hold on tight and brace yourself. ” The announcer repeats his message as five red lights turn on one by one, before shouting “Three, two, one, GO, GO, GO!”. The lights turn green and the train then accelerates to 80 mph in 1.8 seconds, climbs the top hat, turning 90 degrees to the right, then descends the top hat element, through another 90 degree turn, before climbing the second hill (Bunny Hop) producing a moment of apparent weightlessness then smoothly brought to a stop by the magnetic brakes. The train then returns to the station via a U-turn and the nightmare was over.
Out of alll the rides that I have experienced, I’ve never been afraid or had to push myself to get on but for 17 seconds of pure adrenaline, it was worth the dreaded wait!
Current Coaster Name: Stealth Current Park Name: Thorpe park Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Surrey, England Status: Operating Links: http://www.thorpepark.com/ Cost: $10.000.000
Type: Steel Opened: March 15th 2006 Designer: Wemer Stengel Features: Hydraulic Launch, Themed, Top Hat Height: 205ft (62m) Max Drop: 200 ft (61m) Max Speed: 80mph (130 km/h) Length: 1312 ft (400 m) Acceleration: N/A Inversions: 0 Duration: 17 seconds (29 seconds to station) Trains: 3 Capacity: 1000 riders per hour