|Watch the on-ride POV|
|Product||Launch Coaster (Custom)|
|Type||Steel - Launched|
|Riders per train||16|
|Propulsion||2 LSM launches|
|Top speed||50 mph|
Copperhead Strike is a steel launched roller coaster located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It was manufactured by Mack Rides and opened on March 23, 2019. The ride is located in the frontier-themed Blue Ridge Junction area.
Carowinds codenamed the ride Project Alpha: Digital during its construction phase.
On April 27, 2018, a potential layout for the ride surfaced on Screamscape that implied that the ride would be a double launched roller coaster, however, Carowinds had not confirmed anything at this point.
In late June 2018, concrete began being poured for the ride. Carowinds also started their marketing campaign for the ride, citing it as part of an expansion to a fictitious farm named Byrd Farm. The Miami River Lumber Company were also mentioned, indicating that the ride's storyline would possibly relate to that of Mystic Timbers at Kings Island in some way.
On August 30, 2018, Carowinds officially unveiled Copperhead Strike. They announced that the ride would be the first double launch coaster in the Carolinas and that it would launch from 0-42 mph in 2.5 seconds, being a primary part of Carowinds' biggest investment yet. The ride's second launch, launching from 35 mph-50 mph in 2 seconds, will be located on an airtime hill.
In February 2019, the coaster completed its first full test run.
Copperhead Strike opened on March 23, 2019.
Copperhead Strike is a double launch coaster from Mack Rides. Right out of the station, the train enters its first inversion; a heartline roll, which is nicknamed the "jojo roll" by roller coaster enthusiasts due to its placement in the layout. A turn into a shed stops the train before the first of two launches. The first launch accelerates riders from 0–42 miles per hour and into the first vertical loop, followed by a small airtime hill and a turn to the right. An overbanked turn leads riders into the second launch, which is shaped as a bunny hill — very unique on a roller coaster — and enters what is assumed to be the 82-foot peak of Copperhead Strike; the cutback. The train dives down into an overbanked turn followed by the second vertical loop, which is threaded by the second launch and heads into a stengel dive, preceding a twister section of tight turns, bunny hills and overbanked turns before the final brake run.
Copperhead Strike is themed to a fictitious farm named Byrd Farm and a character within this farm named Granny who makes jam. During the ride, riders discover her "secret ingredient". This is in a preshow prior to the first launch.
The tool shed
Clothing in the queue
Graffiti and junk
The heartline roll
The viewing area of the first launch
The first launch
The second launch
The stengel dive
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.