G Force (roller coaster)

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G Force
DraytonManorGForce.jpg
The G Force roller coaster
Drayton Manor Theme Park
Park section Action Park
Coordinates 52°36′46″N 1°42′53″W / 52.61278°N 1.71472°W / 52.61278; -1.71472Coordinates: 52°36′46″N 1°42′53″W / 52.61278°N 1.71472°W / 52.61278; -1.71472
Status Operating
Opening date July 26, 2005
Cost £2,500,001
General statistics
Type Steel – X-Car
Manufacturer Maurer Söhne
Model HBX 2000
Height 82 ft (25 m)
Length 1,263 ft (385 m)
Speed 43.5 mph (70.0 km/h)
Inversions 3
Duration 0:45
Max vertical angle 360°
Capacity 1100 riders per hour
G-force 4.3
G Force at RCDB
Pictures of G Force at RCDB

G Force is a roller coaster at Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth, England. It is the only X-Car coaster in the UK and was opened by the band G4 in 2005. The ride is also the third X-Car coaster to be built in the world, the first being the prototype Sky Wheel at Skyline Park in Germany and the second being X Coaster at Magic Springs. Another unique aspect of the X-Car coaster is the inverted lift, called the Humpty Bump Lift. Unlike a conventional inclined lift, the lift on is similar to a standard vertical loop. At the top of the lift, riders are suspended upside down and the train is released to traverse two more inversions, including an immelman loop and a Bent Cuban Eight. The ride was originally called Project X [1] but changed to G Force before it opened.

The design of the ride vehicles is unique. The train consists of two cars, each seating three rows of two people. Instead of conventional shoulder restraints, the ride uses special hip restraints. This does allow freedom of upper body movement, however it can cause discomfort on the lower body.

An accident occurred on the 10th October 2010 when the ride, after leaving the station failed to gain enough height to join the lift hill. Passengers were on the ride when this happened. The ride was then closed for safety inspection.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drayton Manor Park Guide 2005

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