Stealth (roller coaster)

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Stealth
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Stealth at Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park
Park sectionAmity
Coordinates51°24′18″N 0°30′55″W / 51.405°N 0.515278°W / 51.405; -0.515278Coordinates: 51°24′18″N 0°30′55″W / 51.405°N 0.515278°W / 51.405; -0.515278
StatusOperating
Opening date15 March 2006 (2006-03-15)
Cost£12 Million
General statistics
TypeSteel – Launched
ManufacturerIntamin
DesignerWerner Stengel
ModelAccelerator Coaster
Lift/launch systemHydraulic launch track
Height205 ft (62 m)
Length1,312 ft (400 m)
Speed80 mph (130 km/h)
Inversions0
Max vertical angle90°
Acceleration0 to 80 mph (0 to 129 km/h) in 1.9 seconds
G-force4.5
Height restriction140–196 cm (4 ft 7 in–6 ft 5 in)
Trains3 (max 2 in operation) trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
ThemeSpeedway
WebsiteOfficial website
Fastrack available
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Must transfer from wheelchair
Stealth at RCDB
Pictures of Stealth at RCDB

Stealth is a steel roller coaster located in the Amity area of Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, UK. Built and designed by Intamin of Switzerland for £12 million, the Accelerator Coaster model opened in 2006. Riders reach a maximum height of 62.5 metres (205 ft) and accelerate from 0 to 80 mph (130 km/h) in 1.9 seconds.[1] It is the fastest roller coaster in the UK, and the second tallest after the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.[2]

Ride experience[edit]

After passengers are securely restrained, the launch sequence begins with the retracting of the brake fins as the train attaches to the catch car. An American-accented voice announces, "Place your heads back, face forwards, hold on tight and brace yourself." The message is repeated as five red lights turn on one by one, before the announcer shouts "Three, two, one... Go, go, go!" The lights turn green and the train accelerates to 80 mph (130 km/h) in 1.9 seconds into a steep, vertical top hat element.[3] The train then turns 90 degrees to the left and crests the top hat, before descending into another 90 degree turn down the other side of the element. An airtime hill follows producing a brief moment of weightlessness before the train enters the magnetic brake run and returns to the station.

Rollbacks[edit]

As with many Intamin Launch Coasters, Stealth experiences occasional rollbacks, which occur when a train is unable to complete the course, specifically failing to make it over the top hat element as a result of energy loss. Occurrences are rare, and there is a braking system in place on the launch side of the track to safely bring the roller coaster back to a complete stop.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stealth - Thorpe Park (Chertsey, Surrey, England, United Kingdom)". rcdb.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Stealth: Your questions". Stealth.thorpepark.com. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  3. ^ Vonow, Brittany (20 April 2017). "Teens who scaled 200ft Stealth ride at Thorpe Park speak out about climb". The Sun. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Stealth rollback (Thorpe park)". YouTube.com. 10 April 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2013.

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