Valravn rollercoaster will dive into the record books
The Cedar Point theme park in the city of Sandusky, Ohio, has announced a new ride that it says will claim 10 world records. Valravn will apparently be "the world's tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster." It will be 223 ft (68 m) tall, hit speeds of 75 mph (121 km/h) and be 3,415 ft (1,041 m) long.
Valravn (pronounced val-rey-vuhn) was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, which is also behind Fury 325 at Carowinds in North Carolina. Although not as tall, fast or long as Fury 325, Valravn is said to lead the way for each in the dive coaster category. Dive coasters are rollercoasters that are characterized by having at least one vertical drop.
Valravn reportedly also has the most inversions on a dive coaster (three), the longest drop on a dive coaster at 214 ft (65 m) and the highest inversion on a dive coaster at 165 ft (50 m). Cedar Point says it will additionally contribute to a number of records away from the dive coaster category. It will apparently count towards the most roller coasters taller than 200 ft (61 m) located at one amusement park (five), the most rides at one amusement park at 72, the most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park at 52,125 ft (15,887 m) and the most roller coaster track at one amusement park 60,110 ft (18,322 m).
The ride will comprise three 24-passenger floorless trains, with riders sitting eight across and held in place by over-the-shoulder restraints. The first climb will take riders up to the 223-ft (68-m) pinnacle of the coaster, after which the trains will pause at the edge of a 90-degree plunge for about four seconds before plummeting 214 ft (65 m) downwards. During the remainder of the ride, passengers will be flipped upside-down through a 165-ft (50-m)-tall Immelmann turn, plunge down another 125-ft (38-m) drop and go through a 270-degree roll.
Construction work on Valravn has already begun and it is due to open to the public in 2016.
The video below provides a point-of-view ride on the Valravn.
Source: Cedar Point