So, here's my contribution to the great "Is it, or isit not, an inversion?" Debate! The official inversion count for Hydra is 7. However, after riding Hydra, I think it should be at 4. This is where the debate enters. IMHO, an inversion is a complete inversion (head square over heels/feet). However, both the cobra roll ( http://www.rcdb.com/ig2528.htm?picture=19) and the dive loop (http://www.rcdb.com/ig2528.htm?picture=17) fail to completely invert the train, especially the dive loop. This may just be me being picky, but I just wantto see what othersthink of the inversion definition and count.
Not to sound rude here, but what you think in this matter is irrelevant. If something is an 'Official' count, and your feet are indeed over your head in all of those elements, which constitutes an inversion, much like an overbank, which is still technically speaking an inversion, then that would be 'Official', and your opinion would have little value to anything/one but yourself.
I agree with Coasterfantom2, the Cobra Roll barely slips by as inversions. The Dive Loop however does not count as an inversion to me and reminds me of the sprials on the Giovanola Stand-ups. Photos here:
Although they are not as steeply banked on at the top, but very similar. Either way if you count them as an inversions or not is still looks like a lot of fun and unique ride. *** Edited 5/10/2005 1:44:41 PM UTC by SONiC Senshi***
Admittedly, the same nerdly thoughts crossed my mind when watching video of Hydra: That isn't even close to an inversion, for crying out loud!
That said, we've been successfully looping for 30 years now. Are we still that obsessed with inversions?!? Obviously, from a marketing standpoint, we are. But if we achieved 7 inversions in 1988, why is it still a big deal in 2005? Shouldn't inversions be as old hat as height and speed?
I know enthusiasts could care less. They'd love a high-quality 3-inversion ride... like Storm Runner. But does the GP still get hooked by this stuff?
I prefer the nomenclature of "elements" as opposed to "inversions."
So we take "inverted elements" and for the sake of not typing so much, call them inversions.
Otherwise I agree with you. The number is not so much to me as the feeling you get and the originality. Like Raptor. The layout is perfectly done and the elements original (a cobra on an invert) that it didn't matter if it had 7, 10 or 2 inversions, it was just done really really well.
As long as it's a really cool, fun ride, that i can get off of and say "I want to ride again!!" then I don't give a rat's arse how many inversions there are. Perhaps you all should feel the same way too instead of being uber-nerdy and arguing over the number of inversions there are ;)