Top Thrill Dragster is a steel hydraulically-launched high speed roller coaster located at the Cedar Point theme park in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. The Top Thrill Dragster was designed and built by Intamin and debuted to the public on May 4, 2003. Top Thrill Dragster is one of the only 2 stratacoaster in existence, the other a Six Flags theme park. Top Thrill Dragster is also the second tallest roller coaster in the entire world, it is also the second hydraulically-launched roller coaster built by the Intamin team.
The Top Thrill Dragster is so tall that it needs to abide to the aviation safety regulations, to do this they had to equip the stratacoaster with four dual strobes; 3 in the middle and 1 on top at the highest point. These strobes are there to warn aircraft that there is a tall building / structure in the vicinity!
When Top Thrill Dragster was first debuted it amazingly broke 3 records instantly, these records are; The tallest roller coaster in the world, the Fastest top speed of any roller coaster in the world and of course The steepest drop (tied with some other coasters). The top speed of this awesome speed freak coaster is 120 MPH or 190 KMH, that’s enough to mash up your face beyond recognition!
In the roller coaster’s station, two trains are loaded at the same time before they both get dispatched to separate tracks, this is so they can wait for the launch. Each train is launched individually while two more trains enter the station to receive more passengers. While in the station the riders will listen to the theme song “Ready to Go” by Republica.
To the left of the track is a “Christmas tree” light, similar those employed at the starting line of a drag strip. A brief message is played to the riders to; “keep arms down, head back, and hold on.” Once the ride is prepared to launch, a motor revving sound effect is played and the ride’s magnetic braking fins are lowered from the launch track. The train then launches, accelerating to a speed of 120 mph (190 km/h) in 3.8 seconds.
Shortly after reaching its maximum velocity, the train begins its ascent up a 90-degree incline, twisting 90 degrees counter-clockwise before climbing over the 420-foot (130 m) hill. Upon descending, the track twists 270 degrees before leveling out, allowing the trains to be stopped by the magnetic brakes.
Current Coaster Name: Top Thrill Dragster Current Park Name:Cedar Point Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Sandusky, Ohio, USA Status: Operating Links:Official Website Cost: $25,000,000
Type: Steel – Launched Opened: Operating since May 4, 2003 Designer:Intamin Features: Hydraulic Launch, Vertical Height: 420 ft (130 m) Max Drop: 400 ft (120 m) Max Speed: 120 mph (190 km/h) Length: 2,800 ft (850 m) Acceleration: 0 to 120 mph (0 to 193 km/h) in 3.8 seconds Inversions: 0 Duration: 0:17 Trains: 4 Capacity: 1000 riders per hour