MF downforce question

Sunday, November 4, 2001 6:09 PM
I showed a girl who likes riding coasters a photo of MF's first overbanked turn & said it's banked at 122ยบ. Her reply was that she wouldn't want to ride it as she's scared that she would fall out of the turn. I said that there is plenty of downforce in the turns. So my question is, how much is there? 2Gs? 3Gs? And what about the other turns?

BTW, did you know that the airfoils on F1 & CART cars produce enough downforce at about 130mph or more to allow them to race upside down on the roofs of tunnels? :)

Also did you know that you can sneeze faster than MF? I read that people sneezing have had their expelled air timed at 100mph or so! :)

Sunday, November 4, 2001 6:40 PM
Only you would have such odd facts to share. ;)

Seriously, I don't know what the G's are on the overbanked turns, but consider that the first one in particular is essentially a part of the pull-out from the first drop. That first turn is 169 feet tall, after a 300-foot drop. There hasn't been a ride I've had yet (well, save for a 10-lap marathon on media day) where my vision hasn't gone gooey up in that turn.

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