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G Force

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
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G Force in 2014.
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Drayton Manor
Location Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, England, UK
Status Defunct
Operated July 26, 2005 to 2018
Statistics
Manufacturer Maurer AG
Type Steel
Model / product X-Car Vertical
Riders per train 12
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 246 feet × 134.5 feet
Height82 feet
Top speed43.5 mph
Length1,263.1 feet
Inversions3
Duration0:45
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The logo of the ride

G Force was a steel roller coaster located at Drayton Manor in Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, England, UK. It was the only Maurer AG X-Car roller coaster in the UK, and was opened on July 26, 2005.[2] The ride was originally going to be called Project X, but this changed to G Force before it opened.[3] G Force replaced the Klondike Gold Mine.

The layout of G Force was unique until Dream Coaster opened at Dream City in Iraq. The layout of Dream Coaster is identical to that of G Force.

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 rode G Force. A new sign with the charity's logo was placed outside the ride.[4]

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 did not reopen.

In October 2018, the park's owners confirmed during a Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain event that the ride would be removed due to high repair costs and low reliability.[5]

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

This ride used a unique inverted chain lift called a Humpty Bumpty Lift, which is similar to a standard vertical loop. When riders reached the top, they were fully upside-down. The train was then released and travelled over a sharp air-time hill and through two more inversions which made up the bent cuban eight.[1]

Trains[edit | edit source]

The train

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 used Maurer AG's X-Car trains which kept riders in place with special hip restraints, as opposed to a conventional shoulder harness. This design allowed upper body freedom but some riders found them uncomfortable on the lower body. Each train had two "big boy" seats which were more accommodating for larger riders.

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