How long do you think it will be before we reach 400+ feet tall hypercoasters. If the intensity isn't to much, my guess is about 3-5 years. I would love to see a 500 foot coaster. Though you'd probably have to wear special suit to ride it.
Even if a 500 footer didn't go faster, I still think it would be more fun. The higher you are the scarier. I would think that anyway. The reason I want a 500 footer is right now coasters are not scary to me anymore, and I want them to be.
I think we're forgetting that people freefall from airplane from thousands of feet up. Gravity alone cannot make you go fast enough to need a "special suit". Like jet coaster said, it's terminal velocity. For more info on terminal velocity try this link:
As for intensity, it can all be controlled by simple physics. You can build a 50 foot coaster and a 400 foot coaster side by side and design them so that the forces are greater (and thus more intense) on the 50 footer.
When will we see it? When the cost doesn't outweigh the return for the park. Money is the bottom line here.
While there may come a point when coasters can't get much faster, designers will always be able to keep the forces low enough that we can stand them, that is, given the right amount of money, time, and space to work with.
I once heard that if you jump off a normal chair and land without bending your legs, you're experiencing more G's than you would on Millennium Force...
Do you guys think that we just won't see coasters that tall because parks wouldn't be willing to build it, or because of technology reasons? If it's because of technology, don't worry about that...Intamin has stated that the design they used on MF could allow a 750 ft. "Ultra" (:)) coaster.
I think that as coasters get taller and taller, they should add the new titles to them such as giga, tera, peta, etc. That way, you can state the height range of a coaster you're talking about.
They probably will, seeing as we already have "hyper" and "giga." What I wonder, though, is once we hit a 400-foot coaster, will people still call it a "hyper" as some refer to Millennium Force as a "hyper?"