|Iron Gwazi under construction in November 2019|
|Manufacturer||Rocky Mountain Construction|
|Designer / calculations||Alan Schilke|
|Type||Steel - Hyper - Hybrid|
|Model / product||I-Box Track|
|Riders per train||24|
Top speed76 mph
|Airtime points: 12 - HELP|
Iron Gwazi is a steel roller coaster currently under construction at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA. It will be a Rocky Mountain Construction IBox conversion of the former Gwazi wooden roller coaster and is opening in 2020. With a drop at an angle of 91 degrees, it will be the first hybrid roller coaster with a beyond vertical drop.
History[edit | edit source]
On September 12, 2018, when Tigris was announced, Busch Gardens announced that a new thrill ride would take Gwazi's place.
In late 2018, a permit confirmed Rocky Mountain Construction's involvement.
In early 2019, track removal from the Gwazi structure began.
On March 1, 2019, Busch Gardens officially confirmed that the ride would be North America's tallest, and the world's fastest and steepest hybrid coaster and that it would be over 200 feet tall. They also confirmed Rocky Mountain Construction's involvement. Later that month, an FAA permit was filed confirming that the ride would be 210 feet tall and in April track began arriving onsite.
Design[edit | edit source]
Iron Gwazi will be a Rocky Mountain Construction IBox Track replacing Gwazi, a Great Coasters International dueling wooden coaster that operated from 1999 to 2015. Unlike its predecessor, it will not be a dueling coaster, but will be almost double the height of both sides at 206 feet tall. It will be a hybrid, like Zadra.
Trains[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- New Details Emerge for Busch Gardens Tampa's Massive 2020 Rocky Mountain Coaster. NewsPlusNotes
- Busch Gardens and SeaWorld parks reveal new coaster cars. Theme Park Insider
[edit | edit source]
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Roller coasters at Busch Gardens Tampa|
|Present||Air Grover • Cheetah Hunt • Cobra's Curse • Iron Gwazi • Kumba • Montu • Sand Serpent • Scorpion • SheiKra • Tigris|
|Former||Gwazi • Python|