Colossus (Thorpe Park)

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roller coaster
Thorpe Park
Location Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK
Park section Lost City
Status Operating since March 22, 2002
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH, John Wardley
Type Steel
Model / product 10 Inversion Roller Coaster
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1300
Height30 metres
Top speed72 km/h
Length850 metres
The first drop and vertical loop, with the beginning of the quadruple barrel roll in the foreground
Colossus, with X:\ No Way Out in the background

Colossus is a steel roller coaster located within the Lost City themed area at Thorpe Park in Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK.[1] When it opened on March 22, 2002, Colossus was the first roller coaster with ten inversions and the first major roller coaster at the park. An exact replica, called 10 Inversion Roller Coaster, was later built at Chimelong Paradise in China and several more 10-Inversion coasters have since been built with a revised layout. Colossus and 10 Inversion Roller Coaster held the record until May 2013, when Smiler opened at Alton Towers with fourteen inversions.

History[edit | edit source]

The initial plan for Colossus was a launched Bolliger & Mabillard Sitting Coaster, similar to The Incredible Hulk Coaster.Citation needed This was eventually cancelled in favour of a multi-inversion roller coaster from Intamin. The ride was announced in August 2001.[2] During planning, the ride was known as Project Odyssey.[3]

Design[edit | edit source]


The design was adapted from that of Monte Makaya in Brazil, opened in 1998. The height was reduced by 21 feet but the same set of inversions were used. Two extra barrel rolls were added, one at the end of original triple barrel roll (creating a quadruple barrel roll) and another just before the final brake run. Monte Makaya's helix was also removed.[1]

Trains[edit | edit source]

7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train. Riders are secured by over-the-shoulder harnesses. Colossus was the first roller coaster to use Intamin's second generation Multi-Looping trains, which are more streamlined and exposed.

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External links[edit | edit source]

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    Colossus on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
Most inversions on a roller coaster (10)
tied with
10 Inversion Roller Coaster

March 2002 - May 2013
Preceded by
Dragon Khan
Most inversions on a roller coaster (10)
tied with
10 Inversion Roller Coaster

March 2002 - May 2013
Succeeded by
The Smiler