Rougarou

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Rougarou
roller coaster
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Cedar Point
Location Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Status Operating since May 11, 1996
Cost $12,000,000USD
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Floorless
Model / product Floorless Coaster (Custom)
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1,800
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height145 feet
Drop137 feet
Top speed60 mph
Length3900 feet
Inversions4
Steepest drop52°
Duration2:40
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Rougarou is a steel Floorless Coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. Formerly known as Mantis, it was a Stand-up model originally, built by Bolliger & Mabillard. When it opened in 1996, it set several stand-up roller coaster records, including height, speed, length, and inversions. All of those records were later beaten by Chang, which were then surpassed by Riddler's Revenge. The ride also includes the world's first inclined loop.

History[edit | edit source]

Mantis was officially announced in October 1995.

On May 17, 1996, the ride opened its gates to the public. It became the world's tallest, fastest, and longest stand-up coaster, and featured the most inversions. The first ride to feature an inclined loop, it was the second Bolliger & Mabillard coaster at Cedar Point, following Raptor. All of the coaster's records were later taken by Kentucky Kingdom's Chang (now Green Lantern.

On September 2, 2014, it was announced that Mantis would be "squashed" on October 19. The ride was converted to a floorless coaster and was renamed Rougarou.

As part of its transformation, Mantis was repainted by Baynum Painting. The color scheme was changed from red and yellow track with blue supports to orange with turquoise supports.[1]

Design[edit | edit source]

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 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.

As part of its transformation into Rougarou, the roller coaster received new trains. The front section of a former train was donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum. Portions of the trains were retained for parts while the rest was scrapped.[2]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The ride was originally to be named Banshee, however this was changed quickly when the park realized the negative connotations of the word. The name has since been reused for the 2014 inverted coaster Banshee at Kings Island.

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External links[edit | edit source]

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    Rougarou on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
Tallest vertical loop
1996 - April 4, 1997
Preceded by
Dragon Khan
Tallest vertical loop
1996 - April 4, 1997
Succeeded by
Chang