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Elements

For the list of elements that turn riders upside-down, see Inversion.

Elements are variations in normal track movement that add thrill or excitement to the ride. Some elements, called inversions turn the train upside-down.

Types of elements[edit | edit source]

Banked turn[edit | edit source]

A banked turn is a common type of element where the track inclines sideways while turning to reduce lateral g-forces.

Brake run[edit | edit source]

Intimidator 305 brake run.jpg Main Article - Brakes

A brake run on a roller coaster is any section of track meant to slow or stop a roller coaster train. Brake runs may be located anywhere or hidden along the circuit of a coaster. The vast majority of roller coasters do not have any form of braking on the train itself, but rather forms of braking that exist on track sections. One notable exception is the scenic railway roller coaster, which relies on an operator to manually control the speed of the train.

Most brake runs include drive tires, which move the train after it has come to a stop.

Headchopper[edit | edit source]

Main article Headchopper.

A headchopper is any point on a roller coaster where another part of the ride comes very close to the passengers' heads. All headchoppers are, of course, designed so that even the tallest rider with their hands up would be unable to touch the structure; although if a rider exceeding the maximum height does board the coaster it could be potentially dangerous. Headchoppers are most common on wooden roller coasters, but are also found on many steel roller coasters.

The inverted roller coaster equivalent is a footchopper. Footchoppers are designed such that rider's legs appear to come close to the ride's support structure, water, or other ride surroundings.

Helix[edit | edit source]

See Helix (element).

Launch track[edit | edit source]

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A launch track is a segment of straight track on a roller coaster that accelerates the train to its top speed. Most launch tracks launch the train from a stopped position, however, some roller coasters, like Cheetah Hunt launch the train while it is already in motion.

Typically, launch tracks use brakes to slow the train down in case of a rollback.

Inversion[edit | edit source]

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See Inversions

An inversion refers to any element that causes the riders to go upside-down.

Station[edit | edit source]

See Station

A station refers to the area where riders get into and out of the cars.

Bunny hills[edit | edit source]

150px Bunny hills are small hills often built to create strong negative g-forces.

See also[edit | edit source]

Userboxes that relate to inversions

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