Posted Friday, March 13, 2009 10:11 AM | Contributed by Jeff
After more than a century of striving to propel screaming riders ever faster, higher, steeper and longer, many roller coasters now hurtle to the limits of human endurance. So where is there left for the tracks to go? The new attraction at the Surrey's Thorpe Park, Saw - The Ride, claims to offer the world's steepest freefall drop - a beyond-vertical 100-degree descent back under the ride's 100ft (30m) peak.
Read more and see video from The BBC.
That ride looks like a blast... Too bad its so far away!
The thing that cracks me up about all the 'beyond Vertical!!' hype regarding drops is that dozens of coasters have had 'beyond vertical' drops for decades. It's called the second half of a vertical loop.
Yeah, but you don't get air on a loop. The interesting part of the beyond vertical isn't the drop itself, it's the curve to get to the drop...
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
Wow, it looks pretty cool. A tad short but I love turns like that.
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