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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 Operating since 26 July 2005
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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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.[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]

When it was announced, the ride was to be called Barnstorm.

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 was with the charity's logo was placed outside the ride.[4][5]

Design[edit]

Elements

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 through two more inversions which make up the bent cuban eight.[1]

Trains[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 X-Car Vertical XV 2000 Project Info - Maurer AG
  2. High-flyer! Second X-Car Coaster has been opened - Roller Coaster DataBase
  3. Drayton Manor Theme Park Joins G-Forces With MAAC - Drayton Manor 2005 park map - UK Rides
  4. Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
  5. Drayton Manor Theme Park joins G-Forces with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity - Tamworth Herald