Alright roller coaster aficionados. Have you bought your ticket for Tokyo, Japan yet? If you want to be there for the unveiling of the soon-to-be world’s steepest roller coaster on July 16th, then you better get on it. According to the Daily Mail, the roller coaster — called The Takabisha (‘dominant’ in English) — has a drop that includes a 121 degree freefall. The Guinness Book of World Records has already been called in by the ride’s designers to ratify the claim that it is the steepest of any attraction worldwide.
The ride is a mere 112 seconds and passengers will reach speeds up of 100 km/h, experiencing weightlessness (and perhaps vomit in their face?) during the drop. Along with the 43 meter drop, there are seven major twists over the kilometer-long track. The sub-2 minute ride cost around 3 billion yen (approx. £23 million) to build.
The Mumbo Jumbo in the UK is the current world record holder. [Image: Ben Sutherland/Flickr]
The Takabisha is part of the Fuji-Q High Land amusement park, set near Mount Fuji in Yamanash. The world record is to be the park’s 14th recognized by the Guinness Book. Others include the roller coaster eejanaika, which set a record in 2006 with 14 inversions (the previous record was 10) and the roller coaster Fujiyama, which set four records in 1997 including its top speed of 130 km/h.
The world’s steepest record is being snatched away from Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingoland in the UK. That ride has an incline of 112 degrees which put passengers under the force of 4G — essentially what jet fighter pilots experience.
UPDATE: Gawker is featuring footage of the coaster. YIKES!!