Raptor (Gardaland)

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Raptor
Raptor Gardaland 2011.jpg
Part of Raptor's layout
Gardaland
Coordinates45°27′25″N 10°42′43″E / 45.457056°N 10.711949°E / 45.457056; 10.711949Coordinates: 45°27′25″N 10°42′43″E / 45.457056°N 10.711949°E / 45.457056; 10.711949
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 1, 2011 (2011-04-01)
General statistics
TypeSteel – Wing Coaster
ManufacturerBolliger & Mabillard
ModelWing Coaster
Track layoutTwister
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height108.3 ft (33.0 m)
Length2,526.3 ft (770.0 m)
Speed90 km/h (56 mph)
Inversions3 (Corkscrew, Zero-G Roll, Inline Twist)
Duration1 minute and 30 seconds
Max vertical angle65°
Height restriction140 cm (4 ft 7 in)
Trains2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.
Raptor at RCDB
Pictures of Raptor at RCDB

Raptor is a steel roller coaster at the Gardaland amusement park in Lake Garda, Italy. The ride is a prototype Wing Coaster design by Swiss roller coaster manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard. Raptor opened to the public on April 1, 2011. The ride begins from an underground station and features two water splash elements. The layout features several roll overs. The trains hang over the track like X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain but do not spin.[1]

Ride experience[edit]

After departing from the underground station, the train makes a left turn into the lift hill. After reaching the top of the 108.3-foot (33.0 m) lift, the train drops back to the ground before making a sharp left over-banked turn. The train then enters a corkscrew followed by a slight upward left turn. Next, the train goes back down slightly, also going through a set of trim brakes. The train then makes another sharp left turn leading into a 55.8-foot (17.0 m) zero-gravity-roll. After a sharp left turn, and right turn, the train enters a 32.8-foot (10.0 m) inline twist, going through the supports of the track, a fake tree and a steel rectangle. The train then makes a left turn into the final brake run where the train then enters the station and the next riders board.[2]

The ride lasts about 1 minute and 30 seconds.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Raptor  (Gardaland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Raptor POV at Gardaland". rudancer85 (YouTube). April 1, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2012.