|Watch the on-ride POV|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Stand-Up|
|Riders per train||24|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||50 mph|
Vortex is a steel stand-up roller coaster located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Opened on March 14, 1992, it is the third roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard. It is also the first one to open on the East Coast.
Vortex was closed for refurbishment for much of the 2023 season. It reopened in August.
Vortex has a height of 90 feet, a drop of 80 feet and a max speed of 50 mph.
After leaving the station, the train climbs a 90 foot chain lift hill. At the top, it drops 80 feet to the right, reaching 50 mph. Following the drop, riders head straight into a vertical loop before hitting a right-handed curve. The train then drops, turns left and enters a helix. Riders approach a smaller drop and a corkscrew. After the corkscrew, the train goes through a figure eight turn. A left turn leads into the final brake run.
Vortex in 2012
The curved first drop and vertical loop
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.