Lightning Racer

Roller coaster
Watch the on-ride POV
Lightning Racer
Location Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since May 13, 2000
Cost $12,500,000
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Builder Great Coasters International
Designer / calculations Mike Boodley
Type Wooden - Twin
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Thunder Lightning
Height 91.6 feet 91.6 feet
Drop 90 feet 90 feet
Speed 51.1 mph 51.1 mph
Length 3393 feet 3393 feet
Inversions 0 0
Duration 2:20 2:20
G-force 3.6 g 3.6 g

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.[1] The ride debuted on May 13, 2000.

General information

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 Halloween 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.



External links

Articles on Hersheypark