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Patriot (California's Great America)

Patriot (California's Great America)

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Partial overview of Patriot when it was known as Vortex.
California's Great America
Location Santa Clara, California, USA
Status Operating since March 9, 1991
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Floorless
Model / product Floorless Coaster (Custom)
Riders per train 29
Hourly capacity 1,200
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height91 feet
Top speed40 mph
Length1,920 feet
The logo when the ride was known as Vortex.

Patriot is a steel floorless roller coaster located at California's Great America in Santa Clara, California, USA. The ride was built by Bolliger & Mabillard and opened on March 9, 1991. It is the second roller coaster built by the company, the first being Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America. It is slightly shorter than their third roller coaster at Carowinds.

History[edit | edit source]

On August 18, 2016, the park announced that Vortex would be renamed Patriot due to a floorless conversion of the ride. This conversion saw the track repainted blue and the supports repainted white. Vortex's last day as a standup coaster was September 5, 2016.

It reopened as Patriot on April 1, 2017.

Design[edit | edit source]

The ride has two inversions: a vertical loop and a corkscrew.

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.

Images[edit | edit source]