- 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 metres × 134.5 metres|
Top speed70 km/h
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G Force was a steel roller coaster located at Drayton Manor in Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, England, UK. It was the only Maurer Rides X-Car roller coaster in the UK, and was opened on July 26, 2005. The ride was originally going to be called Barnstorm, 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, but the plans were cancelled. 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.
The ride was closed for an extended period of time at the beginning of Drayton Manor's 2018 season due to rumored 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. While the park did not publicly confirmed the removal, G Force was not listed on the 2019 park map. Dismantling the roller coaster began in January 2020, confirming that it would not operate again at Drayton Manor.
Design[edit | edit source]
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.
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 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.
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
- Drayton Manor has confirmed G Force closure - CoasterNerds Facebook page
- "ASP Consulting 'Melbourne' Ltd. Facebook post". Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ASPConsultingLimited/posts/759863971176420. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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|Present||Accelerator • Buffalo • Shockwave • Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster|
|Former||Jumbo Jet • G Force • Klondike Gold Mine • Python Looping Coaster • Super Dragon • unknown|