Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure)

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Nitro
Nitro coaster.jpg
Six Flags Great Adventure
Park section Adventure Seaport
Coordinates 40°08′8.30″N 74°26′39.74″W / 40.1356389°N 74.4443722°W / 40.1356389; -74.4443722Coordinates: 40°08′8.30″N 74°26′39.74″W / 40.1356389°N 74.4443722°W / 40.1356389; -74.4443722
Status Operating
Opening date April 7, 2001
Cost $20,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Model Hyper Coaster
Track layout L-shaped Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 230 ft (70 m)
Drop 215 ft (66 m)
Length 5,394 ft (1,644 m)
Speed 80 mph (130 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:20
Max vertical angle 68°
G-force 4.3
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Trains 9 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 36 riders per train.
Flash Pass Available
Nitro at RCDB
Pictures of Nitro at RCDB

Nitro is a steel roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, United States. It opened on April 7, 2001 as the fastest roller coaster in New Jersey and the tallest on the East Coast of the United States. It has been ranked number three in the Golden Ticket Awards Best Steel Roller Coaster every year from 2007 to 2012. It was ranked number four in 2013.

Ride experience[edit]

Queue and station[edit]

Nitro's entrance sign with lift hill in background

Nitro's queue area consists of an indoor and outdoor area followed by a long path before climbing the stairs into the station. Views from the line show the backside to Batman: The Ride and the Six Flags Great Adventure mechanical and storage area.

Nitro's station music is the remix of the Mortal Kombat theme, which can be heard during the queue and station.

Layout[edit]

After leaving the station, the train makes a left U-turn and begins to ascend the 230-foot (70 m) tall lift hill. After reaching the top, the train drops 215 feet (66 m) at a 66 degree angle, reaching its top speed of 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), then up a second 189-foot (58 m)-tall (58 m) hill and then diving down to the left through a 161-foot (49 m) airtime hill. After the moment of weightlessness, Nitro enters its unique element, the Hammerhead turn, a tight U-turn to the right. Traveling over another camelback hill, Nitro enters its S-curve and into the 540-degree helix. After the mid course brake run, Nitro travels over three camelback hills, followed by a final brake run, and returns to the station.[1][2][3] As the third B&M hypercoaster built, the ride is comparable amongst other first-gen B&M hyper hypercoasters like Silver Star at Europa-Park, Goliath at La Ronde, Raging Bull at Six Flags Great America, and Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Trains[edit]

Nitro's test seat

Nitro operates with three open-air steel and fiberglass trains with individual lap bar restraints. Each train has nine cars with riders arranged four across in a single row for a total of 36 riders per train.[1]

Nitro's trains can be loaded and checked quickly, resulting in very high capacity with all 3 trains running. There are three main reasons for this:

  1. There is no "backup restraint" that must be checked (Nitro used to have a backup restraint, see below for more details). Most roller coasters have some sort of seat belt (either on the rider's lap or holding the main restraint down) that serves as a safety device in case the main restraint unlocks.
  2. Nothing needs to move out of the way before the train dispatches and after the train advances into the station. This is not the case on most of B&M's other coaster models. For example, on their flying roller coaster, the floor descends and the seats flip into flying position before the train begins to move. On floorless roller coasters and inverted roller coasters, a sort of gate in front of the trains must swing open in addition to the floor moving.
  3. The trains can be deployed much more successively than most roller coasters. Usually, as soon as one train has crested the lift hill, the train behind it can be dispatched onto the lift.

Track[edit]

The steel track is 5,394 feet (1,644 m) in length and the height of the lift is approximately 230 feet (70 m). It was manufactured by Clermont Steel Fabricators located in Batavia, Ohio.[4] The track colors are pink and yellow, with blue supports.[3]

Nitro currently has the second steepest drop of a lifted (as opposed to launched) roller coaster in the park, behind El Toro's 76 degree first drop. The coaster previously featured signs erected on the lift hill stairs which compared points on the hill to other tall structures, such as Niagara Falls; these signs were later removed.

Other notes[edit]

Nitro's on-ride camera was previously located at the bottom of the second drop, but in 2006 it was moved to the bottom of the first drop. While it was briefly moved back to the bottom of the second drop, as of 2012 it has been moved yet again to the bottom of the first.

Nitro previously had a backup safety restraint, which featured a black knob that extended out of the seat. The lap bar latched onto the knob to serve as a safety feature without the need for a safety belt. These were later removed because they were deemed unnecessary, as they easily disconnected and greatly interfered with loading times.

Rankings[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Ranking 14[5] 4[6] 6[7] 6[8] 5[9] 4[10] 3[11] 3[12] 3[13] 3[14] 3[15] 3[16] 4[17] 5[18]
Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best steel-Tracked Roller Coaster[19]
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 4 4 5 5 6 7 9 16 19 18 No poll 19 24
NAPHA Survey: Favorite Steel Roller Coaster
Year 2005 2006
Ranking
4[nb 1]
5[20]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Nitro  (Six Flags Great Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nitro Front Row on-ride POV Six Flags Great Adventure". YouTube. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Nitro at Coaster-Net". Coaster-Net. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Guido, Anna (November 7, 2005). "Steel plant's business on fast track". Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on January 7, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. August 2001. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. September 2002. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2003. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 18–19B. September 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 3, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 11 (6.2): 36–37. September 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 12 (6.2): 36–37. September 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 13 (6.2): 32–33. September 2009. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 14 (6.2): 34–35. September 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 15 (6.2): 38–39. September 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 16 (6.2): 36–37. September 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "2013 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 17 (6.2): 34–35. September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "2014 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 18 (6.2): 46–47. September 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  19. ^ Hawker, Mitch. "Steel Roller Coaster Poll 13 Year Results Table (1999–2013)". Best Roller Coaster Poll. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "NAPHA 2005–2011 Survey Results". National Amusement Park Historical Association. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 

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