Wicked Twister
Cedar Point
Coordinates 41°28′55.25″N 82°40′47.50″WCoordinates: 41°28′55.25″N 82°40′47.50″W
Status Operating
Opening date May 5, 2002
Cost $9,000,000 USD
General Statistics
Type Steel - Inverted - Launched
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Twisted Impulse Coaster
Track layout Four Tubed Standard Intamin Track
Lift/launch system LIM Launch track
Height 215 ft (66 m)
Drop 206 ft (63 m)
Length 675 ft (206 m)
Speed 72 mph (116 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 40 seconds
Max vertical angle 90°
Capacity 1000 riders per hour
Acceleration 0.4
G-force 2.1
Height restriction 4 ft 4 in (132 cm)
Trains Single train with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 32 riders per train.
Wicked Twister at RCDB

Pictures of Wicked Twister at RCDB

Wicked Twister is a 2nd Generation steel Inverted Impulse roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky,Ohio. It is currently the tallest and fastest inverted rollercoaster in the world.


The rideEdit

[2][3] Wicked Twister train in back spikeThis 215-foot-tall ride consists of one train operating on a double-ended track. Both ends of the towers (track) are designed with 450-degree vertical twists which is the main difference between Wicked Twister and its sibling: Possessed at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Between the towers a horizontal track section incorporates the load and unload area as well as the linear induction motor propulsion system.

The train consists of 8 cars carrying 4 passengers each, 2 persons side by side for a total of 32 persons.

Wicked Twister's feature theme song is "The Winner" by the Crystal Method.

At the beginning of the ride, the linear induction motors propel the train forward out of the station during its first launch at 50 mph (80 km/h), which carries the vehicle approximately halfway up the front tower. After stalling out and reversing, the train enters the LIM section again, where the train is accelerated during its second launch to 63 mph (101 km/h) in the backward direction so that the train climbs almost all the way up the rear tower. The train then stalls and drops forward before re-entering the LIM section where additional thrust is added as the train gains to 69 mph (111 km/h) during its third launch, causing the train to rocket further up the front tower than the previous time. Stalling and reversing, the train plummets and re-enters the LIM section where the LIM launch the train for the fourth time, making the train reach a maximum speed of 72 mph (116 km/h) to travel a maximum of 165 ft (50 m) up the rear tower. With the one more final pass forward through the LIM section, the train goes up the front helix once more before the train reverses. As it travels back toward the station, brakes are applied and finally stop within the station platform. Unlike some rides like this kind, the floor does not drop out underneath the train when the ride starts and back up when it stops. Riders must jump a bit to reach their seats when loading. It holds the World records for being the tallest and fastest inverted coaster. A unique part about this ride is that it has two helixes rather than just one and the opposite end having a straight tower with a brake section.

Safety systemsEdit

Wicked Twister has many additional safety systems installed because it passes the station multiple times, and at high speeds. The first of these systems is a "light curtain", named for the nature in which it operates. Two emitters and two receivers are placed on each side of the ride station. Each emitter sends a thick, invisible beam of light towards the receiver on the other side. If at any time this beam is broken during ride operation, it will automatically emergency stop. Another safety system is installed under the station, attached to the automatic platform gates. If an individual places too much downward vertical force, or shakes the gates, the ride emergency stops. Yet another safety system is located on all other gates on the ride, including entrance and exit. The gates are electromagnetically sealed while the ride is in progress, to ensure guests do not enter. After the 2009 season yet another safety system was installed on the train that wirelessly communicates with the light curtain mentioned above that can stop the train anywhere on the launch/brake section of the track when the light is broken.

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