Iron Gwazi

Iron Gwazi
Iron Gwazi (Busch Gardens Tampa) construction 01.jpg
Iron Gwazi under construction in November 2019
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Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
Status Under construction
Replaced Gwazi
Statistics
Manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction
Designer / calculations Alan Schilke
Type Steel - Hyper - Hybrid
Model / product I-Box Track
Riders per train 24
Propulsion chain lift hill
Height206 feet
Drop206 feet
Top speed76 mph
Length4075 feet
Inversions3
Steepest drop91°
Duration1:50
Airtime points: 12 - HELP
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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. 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]

The front car from one of the trains on display at IAAPA

On September 12, 2018, when Tigris was announced, Busch Gardens also announced that a new thrill ride would take Gwazi's place for 2020.[1] Gwazi remained standing but not operating after closing in February 2015. Later that year, a permit filed with the City of Tampa revealed that Rocky Mountain Construction would be completing the project.[2]

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.[3] Later that month, an FAA permit was filed confirming that the ride would be 210 feet tall and in April track began arriving onsite.

The ride was officially announced on September 12, 2019. The front car from one of the trains was revealed at IAAPA 2019.[4]

The lift hill was topped off in mid-December.

Trackwork was finished on March 7, 2020. Two days later, Iron Gwazi had its first test run.[5] The attraction was slated for a spring debut, but the park closed on March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The park has not announced a revised opening date.[6]

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

Iron Gwazi will be a Rocky Mountain Construction IBox Track replacing Gwazi, a Great Coasters International twin wooden coaster that operated from 1999 to 2015. Unlike its predecessor, it will not be a twin roller coaster, but will be almost double the height of both sides at 206 feet tall. It will be a hybrid, like Zadra, and will also draw for tallest hybrid with it.

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

On March 27, 2020, a billboard was spotted along I-4 in Tampa proclaiming that Iron Gwazi was open to the public. It has been suggested that March 27 was the coaster's targeted opening date. However, that date was missed due to Busch Gardens Tampa closing down as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has also been reported that Busch Gardens still owes RMC $3.5M out of the $9M price tag for Iron Gwazi.Citation needed

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