Vortex (Carowinds)

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Vortex
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Carowinds
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Status Operating since March 14, 1992
Cost $5,500,000
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Stand-Up
Product Stand-Up Coaster
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 90 feet
Drop 80 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 2040 feet
Inversions 2
Duration 2:19
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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.

History

On August 15, 1991, Carowinds announced that they would be building Vortex.[1] It opened on March 14, 1992. The ride costed $5.5 million to build.[2]

Design

Vortex has a height of 90 feet, a drop of 80 feet and a max speed of 50 mph.[3]

Elements

Ride experience

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 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.

Trains

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 24 riders per train.

Images

References

External links

  • Vortex on the Roller Coaster DataBase.