Japanese Theme Park Opens World’s Steepest Roller Coaster
July 22, 2011 | by Lycurgus

Someone created a roller coaster designed to do two things: give a heightened state of euphoria, followed by a quick, painless death. It’s the suicide coaster. The Takabisha in Japan is not that coaster, though it still might kill you.

Checking in at 141 feet tall and a 121-degree free fall angle, riders will fly down the coaster at 62 miles per hour. The track is over two miles long and the ride is over in 112 seconds.

The coaster, which can be found at the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Yamanashi, was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the steepest roller coaster on the planet, a distinction once held by Yorkshire’s Mumbo Jumbo.

The coaster reportedly cost about £23 million to build, which basically means Japan sent about $37 million dollars creating a very intricate emetic. Still, it’s not as scary as those slingshot rides that shoot you into the air.


1 Comment
  • If the maximum speed is at the steepest part of the track and is 62mph, and the track is over 2 miles, the trip must last more than 112 seconds

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