Stealth (roller coaster)

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Stealth
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Stealth at Thorpe Park resort
Thorpe Park
Park section Amity
Coordinates 51°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
Status Operating
Opening date March 15, 2006 (2006-03-15)
Cost £12 Million
General statistics
Type Steel – Launched
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Accelerator Coaster
Lift/launch system Hydraulic launch track
Height 205 ft (62 m)
Length 1,312 ft (400 m)
Speed 80 mph (130 km/h)
Inversions 0
Max vertical angle 90°
Height restriction 140–196 cm (4 ft 7 in–6 ft 5 in)
Trains 3 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
Theme Speedway
Website Official 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 0-80 mph in 1.9 seconds. It has the fastest acceleration of any coaster in the UK, and is the tallest among launch coasters in the country.[1]

Ride experience[edit]

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 shouting "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. The train then turns 90 degrees to the left and descends the top hat element into another 90 degree turn. A second bunny hop hill follows producing a brief moment of weightlessness before the train enters the brake run and returns to the station.

Roll backs[edit]

As with many Intamin Launch Coasters, Stealth experiences occasional roll backs. Roll backs 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. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stealth: Your questions". Stealth.thorpepark.com. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Stealth rollback (Thorpe park)". YouTube. 2006-04-10. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 

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