Racer (Kings Island)

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Entrance to The Racer.
Kings Island
Location Kings Mills, Ohio, USA
Status Operating since April 29, 1972
Cost $1,200,000 USD
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Builder Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.
Designer / calculations John C. Allen
Type Wooden - Twin
Riders per train 30
Hourly capacity 2640
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 88 feet
Drop 82 feet
Top speed 53 mph
Length 3415 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 45°
Duration 2:00

The Racer is a wooden racing out and back roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. The Racer opened as the world's fastest roller coaster on April 28, 1972. The ride sparked a "coaster renaissance" and a revival of wooden roller coasters. It is often credited with beginning the second golden age of roller coasters.


The Racer opened on April 28, 1972 along with the park.

Starting in 1982, one of the sides ran backwards.[1] This continued until 2007.[2]


The ride has two separate tracks, one carrying blue trains, and the other carrying red trains.


4 trains with 5 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.

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External links

  • Racer on the Roller Coaster DataBase.