Tonnerre de Zeus

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Tonnerre de Zeus
Thunder of Zeus.jpg
Parc Astérix
Coordinates 49°07′53″N 2°34′26″E / 49.13139°N 2.57389°E / 49.13139; 2.57389Coordinates: 49°07′53″N 2°34′26″E / 49.13139°N 2.57389°E / 49.13139; 2.57389
Status Operating
Opening date 1997
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Custom Coasters International
Designer Dennis McNulty, Larry Bill
Lift/launch system Chain lift
Height 98 ft (30 m)
Length 4,044 ft (1,233 m)
Speed 52 mph (84 km/h)
Duration 2:05
Tonnerre de Zeus at RCDB
Pictures of Tonnerre de Zeus at RCDB

Tonnerre de Zeus is a roller coaster at Parc Astérix in Plailly, France. Opened in 1997 and built by Custom Coasters International, it is the 2nd longest wooden coaster in Europe after Colossos, with a track length of 1230m (4044 feet). It is also considered one of the top roller coasters in Europe, even in the World (the only 3-time number 1 spot best wooden coaster poll) The coaster has a 30m (98-foot) tall lift hill, a first drop into a tunnel, and two helices.

"Tonnerre de Zeus" is French for "Thunder of Zeus." In Greek mythology, Zeus was regarded as the king of gods. He also is often associated as being a weather god, hurling a thunderbolt at those who displeased him.

A large statue of Zeus, complete with floral underwear, is featured close by. It straddles both sides of the queue which means patrons can look directly up at Zeus' underwear.