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|Builder||Great Coasters International|
|Designer / calculations||Mike Boodley|
|Type||Wooden - Twin|
|Riders per train||24|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Lightning Racer is a twin wooden roller coaster located in the Midway America section of Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. It was manufactured by Great Coasters International and opened on May 13, 2000.
Lightning Racer was announced in August 1999. The ride debuted on May 13, 2000.
Lightning Racer is located at the back edge of Hersheypark. The coaster is a racing coaster, and features a red train labeled "Lightning" and a green train labeled "Thunder". Both trains travel through the same elements, but at different times. The factors that affect the speed of the train include the weight of the passengers and the weather conditions present. Many of the coaster's drops are curved to reduce the chances of nausea, a feature common to GCI coasters. The coaster features an on-ride camera in a tunnel midway through the ride. Both trains come to a complete stop on the brake run under a finish line, with a voice announcing the winning train.
During the event "Hersheypark in the Dark", the ride is dubbed Wicked Racer, and its trains Thunder and Lightning are named Mischief and Mayhem, respectively.
4 trains with 12 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train.
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.