Mental Floss

Kingda Ka-zoom!

David K. Israel

So I've been reading a lot about Kingda Ka, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, which opened last year at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. I haven't been, but would love to hear a report from any of you who have, because it looks like a pantload of fun!

I say this based only on seeing this cool virtual ride on The History Chanel and checking out the following wild factoids, courtesy of Wiki:

Kingda Ka goes 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds It is less than one foot taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, however the original height of the pyramid was 481 ft. - 25 ft. taller than Kingda Ka. It is 151 feet (46 m) taller than the Statue of Liberty, including its pedestal and base. Interestingly, the Statue itself (not including its pedestal and base) is that exact height - 151 feet tall. At the top of the first hill, riders feel negative G force, its intensity varies with the speed of the launch. At the bottom of the first hill, riders experience 3-4 times the normal G force on earth. The ride never operates in the rain, even a slight drizzle, due to the potential hazards of traveling through the rain at 128 mph. The hydraulic launch motor is capable of producing 4,000 horsepower (3 MW) peak. One of the park's tigers, a rare golden tabby bengal tiger cub, was named after the coaster. The skylines of Philadelphia to the left, New York City to the right and Atlantic City to the back-left can be seen from the top of the tower, although one would most likely not have time to see them while on the ride.

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