Monday, June 16, 2003 10:19 AM
It is now well-known that Zonga, the former SFAW Texas Tornado (and former still, the Thriller) had the bottom of its first drop and first two loops raised by ten feet. Considering the fact that the loops on Zonga are nearly (if not perfectly) circular, does this mean that the tops of the loops were also raised by ten feet? Or was the diameter of the loops decreased to compensate?
Monday, June 16, 2003 10:34 AM
Both loops were raised by ten feet without any other modification, leaving them circular still. I think their PR person likes to say they're "not wimpy like those teardrop loops" or something like that.
Monday, June 16, 2003 11:02 AM
No, they just bruise the back of your head and beat your brains into mush ... not that my view is tainted or anything ;)
"As soon as you design something that's idiot-proof, the world will go and design a better idiot."
Monday, June 16, 2003 11:09 AM
The loops are the exact same size as they were when the coaster traveled the German fairs, just 12 feeet higher in the air. Compare the distance from the top of the first loop to the top of the drop in this picture
(prior to modifications) to this picture
(after the modifications.) Now the train pulls some nice Gs and some unprecedented hang time at the top. Jeff Jouette (the PR) said that the modifications reduced the Gs by about 10%, which comes out to be about 6Gs (seems incorrect.) I think the actual force is about 5-5.5Gs.