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|The vertical loop element.|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH, Anton Schwarzkopf|
|Riders per train||20|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Area||93.5 feet × 213.8 feet|
|Top speed||41 mph|
Scorpion is a steel roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. It is one of three operating Schwarzkopf Silverarrow models, with the others being Big Blue and another Silverarrow called "Looping Star" which is currently travelling with Magic World Amusement Park in Africa.
Scorpion opened on May 16, 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.
Scorpion has a compact and twisted layout, including the signature vertical loop inversion. After the 60.7 foot lift hill, riders twist down a 45 foot 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.
The trains have headrests and lap-bar restraints.
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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