Nemesis Reborn

Roller coaster in the United Kingdom
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Nemesis Reborn
Nemesis' vertical loop
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Coordinates 52°59′12″N 1°52′57″W / 52.986737°N 1.882481°W / 52.986737; -1.882481
Park section Forbidden Valley
Status Operating since 19 March 1994
Cost £10,000,000
Rider height 140 cm minimum
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Product Inverted Coaster
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH, John Wardley
Type Steel - Inverted - Terrain
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1400
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 13 metres
Drop 31.7 metres
Top speed 80.5 km/h
Length 716 metres
Inversions 4
Drop angle 40°
Duration 1:20
G-Force 3.5

Nemesis Reborn is a steel inverted terrain roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, it opened in 1994 under the name Nemesis and was the first inverted roller coaster outside of North America. It is also the first Bolliger & Mabillard coaster outside of North America.


Nemesis in 1994

There were originally two other plans for Nemesis (called Secret Weapon 1 and Secret Weapon 2). The first was scrapped due to height restrictions and the second was an Arrow Dynamics pipeline roller coaster. John Wardley, designer of Nemesis, rode a prototype but found it to have a lack of energy. This is when Nemesis, or Secret Weapon 3 as it was then known, was designed.

Nemesis opened on 19 March 1994.

The opening in 1994 of The Big One, Nemesis and Shockwave at Drayton Manor resulted in 1994 being celebrated by United Kingdom's parks and fans as the "Year of the Rollercoaster".[1]

The former Nemesis logo, introduced to replace the original logo and used until the ride was rebuilt and renamed Nemesis Reborn

In January 2022, Alton Towers submitted plans for renovation works to the local council. This included replacement of the track from the top of the lift hill to the start of the brake run and the replacement of the majority of supports.[2] On 21 September 2022, the park announced that Nemesis would close on 6 November with social media posts reading "By order of the Phalanx, Nemesis is closing. You have until November 6 to ride. Please make your way to Alton Towers Resort in an orderly fashion." Nemesis is reopening in 2024[3]

On 8 January 2024, the park announced that Nemesis would be renamed Nemesis Reborn.[4][5]

On 20 January 2024, Nemesis Reborn started testing and a video was released of the testing by Alton Towers. This showed the train traversing the track with an updated soundtrack in the background.[6][7]

On 21 February 2024, Alton Towers announced the ride will be reopening on 16 March.[8]



Nemesis Reborn features four inversions which twist around the ground, trees and the "river of blood". The entire ride is built partially into the ground to keep it below the treeline. Nemesis Reborn has a pre-drop, a feature employed by the ride manufacturer to reduce strain on the lift hill.

Colour scheme

When the ride first opened, Nemesis's track was painted an off-cream color and its supports were painted black. When it was repainted in 2016, the track became white with a rust effect.[9] With the ride's recent renovation, the track was replaced, including black track with a red vein design, and black supports.


2 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 32 riders per train.

Related rides

A sister roller coaster was built at Thorpe Park, named Nemesis Inferno in 2003, another B&M inverted coaster themed around a volcano. Another ride, Nemesis: Sub Terra, was built in 2012. It is an ABC Rides indoor drop tower themed around a military compound owned by the Phalanx, the organisation who captured the Nemesis creature. Many special effects are used, with the drop tower only being a small part of the entire experience.



  2. "Alton Towers Resort planning Nemesis track replacement". TowersTimes. 2022-01-25. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  3. Andrews, Rob (2022-09-21). "Alton Towers announces Nemesis ride is 'closing'". StokeOnTrentLive. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  4. NEMESIS REBORN..., retrieved 2024-01-08
  5. "Nemesis Reborn | Theme Park Ride at Alton Towers Resort". Alton Towers Resort (in British English). Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  6. "Nemesis: Alton Towers begins testing of rebuilt Nemesis ride". BBC News (in British English). 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-23.
  7. "Nemesis Reborn...Coming soon". Alton Towers Resort. 2024-01-20. Retrieved 2024-01-28.
  8. O'Brien, Lisa (2024-02-21). "Alton Towers reveals launch date of Nemesis Reborn with appearance of giant blazing orange eye". (in English). Retrieved 2024-02-21.
  9. "A look at the Nemesis re-paint".

External links

Articles on Alton Towers