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The vertical loop element
Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Park section Panatopia
Status Operating since May 16, 1980
Height restriction 42 inches (107 cm)
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH, Anton Schwarzkopf
Type Steel
Model / product Silverarrow
Riders per train 20
Hourly capacity 1,800
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 93.5 feet × 213.8 feet
Height60.7 feet
Top speed41 mph
Length1817.6 feet
Steepest drop39°
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Scorpion is a steel roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. It is one of two operating Schwarzkopf Silverarrow models, after Twist and Shout at Loudoun Castle closed in 2010.[1] The other Silverarrow is called "Looping Star" and is currently travelling with Magic World Amusement Park in Africa.

History[edit | edit source]

Scorpion opened in 1980 as part of the newly added Timbuktu section that gave the park a complete circuit, linking the Congo section to the Nairobi section of the park. It remains one of the most popular attractions in the Timbuktu area.

In 2004, as a part of the park's Timbuktu renovation, Scorpion was repainted from its original paint scheme of orange track and black supports to its current color scheme of red track with dark blue supports.

Design[edit | edit source]

Layout[edit | edit source]

The brake run and transfer track.

Scorpion has a compact and twisted layout, including the singature vertical loop inversion. After the 60 feet (18 meters) lift hill, riders twist down a drop and pass through the single vertical loop element. Following the loop, the train goes through a pretzel turnaround and threads (goes through the center of) the vertical loop. Riders circle around a 900° helix before entering the brake run.

Trains[edit | edit source]

Scorpion (Busch Gardens Tampa) 01.jpg

2 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.

The trains have headrests and lap-bar restraints.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Scorpion on the Roller Coaster DataBase.