|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.
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 in March, an FAA permit was filed confirming that the ride would be 210 feet tall.
In April 2019, the arrival of some of the ride's first track pieces confirmed that the ride would have purple track.
The ride was officially announced on September 12, 2019.
The ride will be the first hybrid coaster to have a beyond vertical drop, at 91 degrees.
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 Steel Vengeance and Zadra.
Trains[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
[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|