New Old Town attraction not quite the fastest

Posted Friday, November 7, 2003 5:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Orlando's Old Town clarifies that its G-Force Top Fuel Drag Race is the fastest "accelertating" ride, not the fastest overall, which is a claim made by Cedar Point for its Top Thrill Dragster.

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Friday, November 7, 2003 5:56 AM
That's probably one of the biggest ripoffs we will ever see.
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Friday, November 7, 2003 8:06 AM
0-115 in two seconds? yep, the fastest accelerating.

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Friday, November 7, 2003 8:53 AM
But not the fastest accelertating.

BURNINATION!!!!11

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Friday, November 7, 2003 12:33 PM
It may very well be the fastest accelerating ride, but what is it and who is it made by? I know its a "sling-shot style ride." But that doesnt really tell me too much. Its pretty bad that they named it almost exactly as Cedar Point named their coaster..but added a bunch of random words to make it sound more extreme.
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Friday, November 7, 2003 12:58 PM
$27 to "drive" this thing? Wow. Seems a bit steep.

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Friday, November 7, 2003 1:35 PM
Did you guys have to register to read the story?
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Friday, November 7, 2003 4:33 PM
Not sure if the ride is made by S&S Power, but it's based on the same technology as their space shot/hypersonic products. Screamscape had a little thing on it at

http://www.screamscape.com/html/orlando.html

scroll down to about mid page.

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Friday, November 7, 2003 9:49 PM
The wording suggests that it's made by a different company using simular pneumatic technology. A freind of mine who recently visited the S&S HQ reconized this guy. I haven't seen any offical branding or connection that proves or disproves the manufacturer.

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Saturday, November 8, 2003 2:57 AM
That's Lance Hart, the owner of Screamscape and the ride itself is invented and manufactured by S&S.
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Saturday, November 8, 2003 6:48 AM
Wow... people actually pay $27 just to be accelerated to 116 mph and then to be slowed back down to a stop?
Amazing!
I know, it might be controversial, but over here in Germany, people are allowed drive their cars at 116 mph or more on the Autobahn in some sections everyday if they want.
Of course, you wouldn't find a car that accelerates from 0-116 mph in 2 seconds, but still no way I would pay money just for that.
Well... I guess it would be safer to have slower Autobahns, and would also take the testosterone out of the commute.
*** This post was edited by superman 11/8/2003 11:49:27 AM ***
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Saturday, November 8, 2003 2:30 PM
Superman,

When a group of us were in German last year, we were amazed by some of the autobahns. At one point I even stood by the side of the road and video taped some of the cars flying by. Some of them had to be going at least 130mph. Easily. We also saw results from a couple of nasty crashes during that time. We couldn't even tell if the vehicle was a car, truck, or two cars.

As far as the new attraction goes, supposedly it will be going faster once it has a period of 'breaking in'. I for one can't wait to give it a try as the video I have seen makes the ride look unreal.

-Sean

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Saturday, November 8, 2003 4:12 PM
There's another small video on onlineinsanity. Shows more of the ride than just the onride cam.

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Saturday, November 8, 2003 4:43 PM
Personally, I find it more thrilling to twist 270 degrees straight town from 400 feet in the air, and have the option of going on 15 other roller coasters after only paying 60 bucks for a season pass at ValleyFair which conveniently works at Cedar Point. With that price, it is only possible to go on Top Fuel Drag Race twice according to the $27 dollars a ride. Even if I am only able to accellerate from 0 to 120 in four seconds and this can do it in half the time, at least I am able to follow that thrill of accelerating with an amazing drop to top it off. Just accelerating is not enough for me considering the price. Also considering that I can fall back on 15 other rides is much more appealing. And, I have to say that Kraken, Kumba, Montu, Scorpion, Hulk, Dueling Dragons, and pretty much all other coasters seem more thrilling.
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Sunday, November 9, 2003 2:26 AM
This is not a roller coaster. This is a ride that simulate Drag Racing with two mustangs. Have you ever seen any Drag Race that finnish with a 420ft high tophat?
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Monday, November 10, 2003 5:50 AM
janfrederick's avatar I heard an interview with Shirley Muldowney last Friday. She mentioned that by the time they reach the christmas tree (about 20'), they are already going 100mph!

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Monday, November 10, 2003 7:36 PM
A quick comparison:

A drag strip is 1320ft long (quarter of a mile), from start line to finish line, with a run-often making the total length of the average strip upto one mile long - 1/4 for the race, 3/4 for the slow-down.

G-Force is very short, at just 600ft long from start to stop - less than half the distance of a standard drag strip.

A real Dragster can reach speeds of over 250mph in a quarter of a mile. G-Force reaches 110mph in les than one sixteenth of a mile, and stops again in one eighth of a mile. So acceleration is actually fairly similar, but not quite as intense as the real thing.

0-110mph in about 200ft is pretty strong acceleration, and 110-0 in 400ft isn't bad either. All in the space of less than 200 metres. But the ride doesn't do much else apart from giving some very good horizontal G's. As far as value for money goes, you'd be better off going to a real Dragster Strip for the day.

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Breaking The Fourth Wall*** This post was edited by Melt-Banana 11/11/2003 12:38:44 AM ***

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Tuesday, November 11, 2003 6:23 AM
janfrederick's avatar Or Knott's Berry Farm... ;)

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Thursday, November 13, 2003 5:13 PM
Actually Top Fuel dragsters do over 300mph in 1/4 mi . Fastest I think is 318, and quickest time I think is 4.477. They hit 8G's on launch. This thing can't be anywhere near that.
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