Speed – The Ride

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Speed – The Ride
Speed - The Ride - Las Vegas.jpg
Akita Plaza
Status In storage
Opening date ???
Sahara Hotel and Casino
Park section Nascar Café
Coordinates 36°08′36″N 115°09′25″W / 36.14333°N 115.15694°W / 36.14333; -115.15694Coordinates: 36°08′36″N 115°09′25″W / 36.14333°N 115.15694°W / 36.14333; -115.15694
Status In storage at Akita Plaza
Opening date April 28, 2000
Closing date May 1, 2011
General statistics
Type Steel – Launched – Shuttle
Manufacturer Premier Rides
Designer Werner Stengel
Height 224 ft (68 m)
Drop 200 ft (61 m)
Length 1,365 ft (416 m)
Speed 70 mph (110 km/h)
Inversions 1
Duration 0:45
Max vertical angle 90°
Capacity 1600 riders per hour
Acceleration 0 to 45 to 70mph
G-force 3.5
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Speed – The Ride at RCDB
Pictures of Speed – The Ride at RCDB

Speed – The Ride was a roller coaster located on the Las Vegas Strip at the now-defunct Sahara Hotel and Casino. The coaster operated from April 28, 2000 to May 1, 2011. The roller coaster is currently in storage at Akita Plaza.


NASCAR Café (2000–2012)[edit]

Speed – The Ride was introduced in the Sahara's 1999 remodeling, as part of the NASCAR Café.

As of August 2008, the ride was shut down with no information from the venue. However, the ride reopened in February 2009, then closed again in May 2011 because of the closure of the Sahara.[1][2] Dismantling of the coaster began in April 2012.[3]

Akita Plaza[edit]

According to the contractor dismantling the ride, Speed will be reinstalled at Akita Plaza, a small shopping center across the street from Mandalay Bay, which also plans to add new restaurants and a concert venue.[4][5] As of 2014 the Akita Plaza development has stalled and Speed: The Ride remains in pieces at the site.[6]

Ride Experience[edit]

The ride started with a launch from the inside of the NASCAR Cafe going from 5–45 mph (8.0–72.4 km/h) in three seconds. Riders are in a drop going under ground in front of the hotel and then through a 92-foot (28 m) vertical loop. There is then another launch this time from 45–70 mph (72–113 km/h) in three seconds. After a quick snaking turn, riders are shot up a huge vertical drop tower before the train falls back and runs through the entire track backwards. This time the second launch area slows the train down from 70–50 mph (113–80 km/h)h and before it goes back through the vertical loop and then underground. The train then makes it back to the station, where it stops. It is also considered one of the tallest shuttle coasters and the longest in the world.

The ride was provided by Premier Rides and fabricated by Intermountain Lift, Inc.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Speed (Nascar Café)". www.rcdb.com. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Speed the Ride Reopening". 
  3. ^ "Roller coaster dismantled". April 13, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Breslin Builders (28 December 2011). "Akita Retail and Events Center to get a roller coaster...". Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  5. ^ Breslin Builders (12 April 2012). "SPEED The Ride – Sahara Roller Coaster Removal Starting...". Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  6. ^ http://rcdb.com/10611.htm
  7. ^ "Amusement". Intermountain Lift, Inc. July 30, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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