This article is about the roller coaster named "G Force", for the article on the gravitational force, see G-Force.
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|G Force in 2014.|
|Model / product||X-Car Vertical|
|Riders per train||12|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Area||246 feet × 134.5 feet|
Top speed43.5 mph
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G Force is a steel roller coaster located at Drayton Manor in Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, England, UK. It is the only Maurer AG X-Car roller coaster in the UK, and was opened on July 26, 2005. The ride was originally going to be called Project X, but this changed to G Force before it opened. G Force replaced the Klondike Gold Mine.
History[edit | edit source]
When it was announced, the ride was to be called Barnstorm. It opened on July 26, 2005.
In August 2014, it was announced that Drayton Manor would donate a penny to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, up to a maximum of £5,000 a year, for every person who rides G Force. A new sign with the charity's logo was placed outside the ride.
The ride was closed for an extended period of time at the beginning of Drayton Manor's 2018 season due to rumoured vehicle modifications. The ride briefly reopened in July 2018, but closed again shortly after and has not reopened since.
Design[edit | edit source]
This ride uses a unique inverted chain lift called a Humpty Bumpty Lift, which is similar to a standard vertical loop. When riders reach the top, they are fully upside-down. The train is then released and travels over a sharp air-time hill and through two more inversions which make up the bent cuban eight.
Trains[edit | edit source]
2 trains with 2 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 12 riders per train. The ride uses Maurer AG's X-Car trains which keep riders in place with special hip restraints, as opposed to a conventional shoulder harness. This design allows upper body freedom but some riders find them uncomfortable on the lower body. Each train has two "big boy" seats which are more accommodating for larger riders.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- X-Car Vertical XV 2000 Project Info - Maurer AG
- High-flyer! Second X-Car Coaster has been opened - Roller Coaster DataBase
- Drayton Manor Theme Park Joins G-Forces With MAAC - Drayton Manor 2005 park map - UK Rides (Wayback archive)
- Drayton Manor Theme Park joins G-Forces with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity - Tamworth Herald
|Roller coasters at Drayton Manor|
|Present||Accelerator • Buffalo • G Force • Shockwave • Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster|
|Former||Jumbo Jet • Klondike Gold Mine • Python Looping Coaster • Super Dragon • unknown|