Steel Venom (Valleyfair)

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Steel Venom
Steel Venom VF Sign.jpg
Steel Venom's sign
Valleyfair
Coordinates 44°47′52″N 93°27′06″W / 44.79778°N 93.45167°W / 44.79778; -93.45167Coordinates: 44°47′52″N 93°27′06″W / 44.79778°N 93.45167°W / 44.79778; -93.45167
Status Operating
Opening date May 17, 2003
Cost $8,500,000 USD
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted – Launched
Manufacturer Intamin
Model Twisted Impulse Coaster
Lift/launch system LIM Launch Track
Height 185 ft (56 m)
Drop 175 ft (53 m)
Length 630 ft (190 m)
Speed 68 mph (109 km/h)
Inversions 0
Max vertical angle 90°
Capacity 950 riders per hour
Height restriction 52–78 in (132–198 cm)
Trains Single train with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Steel Venom at RCDB
Pictures of Steel Venom at RCDB

Steel Venom is a steel Inverted Impulse roller coaster located at Valleyfair in Minnesota. It reaches a maximum height of 185 feet (56 m) and a top speed of 68 mph (109 km/h). It is similar to the Wicked Twister roller coaster at Cedar Point, but has only one vertical spiral, as opposed to Wicked Twister with two vertical spirals, but it is identical to Possessed at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom excepting to be shorter and it is similar to V2: Vertical Velocity at Six Flags Great America.

The ride[edit]

Steel Venom's front Spike

The coaster's single seven-car (28-passenger) train runs along a 200 m (656 ft) U-shaped track, incorporating two 185-foot (56 m) vertical spikes. The forward spike incorporates a twisted spiral, and the rearward spike provides a straight freefall. The 20 m (65 ft) train, propelled by linear induction motors (LIMs,) is accelerated in less than four seconds to 68 mph (109 km/h) toward the forward tower before dropping back down through the station house and up the rearward tower. A holding brake is incorporated on the rear straight tower and is able to suspend the train momentarily (usually on the final ascent during each ride) before dropping it back down to the station house.

Steel Venom was the first launched coaster at Valleyfair.

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