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Ride Profile


STEEL VENGEANCE I


Cedar Point’s new hybrid shatters ten world records “There is no comparison between Mean Streak and Steel


n Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point’s FrontierTown has been transformed. Steel Vengeance, the tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster in the world, has made its


long-awaited appearance. Paul Ruben has the story At more than 61 metres tall and 1,750 metres long, this


new hybrid design from Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) places a rusty red steel running track on a massive wooden structure. This makes for an extremely smooth and comfortable ride whilst enabling the coaster’s trains to perform maneuvers previously unheard of for a wooden roller coaster.


Breaking records Steel Vengeance replaces Mean Streak, a 1,654 metre long, 49 metre tall wooden coaster built in 1991 by the Dinn Corporation that operated at the park through 2016. It took a forest of lumber to build Mean Streak, but as the coaster aged its popularity waned. Even during the park’s busiest day, guests found they could walk onto the ride. Rather than demolish Mean Streak, the park used the same footprint and much of the ride’s structure to support the spectacular new Steel Vengeance, an updated, higher thrill attraction.


Vengeance,” says Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “Steel Vengeance provides an intense ride experience, but the ride is smooth. It is fast and relentless, but not uncomfortable.” Building Steel Vengeance was not routine. “Every project has its challenges,” acknowledges McClure. “For Steel Vengeance it was just the scale of the project. Mean Streak was a massive wood structure, but we made it bigger by extending the lift by approximately 40 feet. At 5,740 feet long, it is well over a mile in length. The size of the project required additional planning in order to complete the project for Opening Day.” “Rocky Mountain Construction was great to work with,” continues McClure. “They have a unique product and we had a unique structure; the pairing was a natural. Fred Grubb (RMC president) is creative and hardworking, and most importantly for Cedar Point, not afraid to push the limits. We needed this coaster to be a record-breaking world’s first hyper-hybrid coaster to make it worthy of its place at Cedar Point, and they delivered.”


A relentless ride Steel Vengeance delivers a high intensity through a relentless series of dynamic movements. Riders board one of three 24- passenger trains held in by a lap bar and redundant safety belt, and climb 62 metres above FrontierTown. Once they crest the lift hill, they stare straight down a 90° initial drop


Bragging


rights With the addition of Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point has once again shattered both roller coaster records and amusement park records. These records include: • World’s tallest hybrid roller coaster (205 feet or 62 m)


• World’s fastest hybrid roller coaster (74 mph or 119 kph)


• World’s steepest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (90°)


• World’s longest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (200 feet or 61 m)


• World’s longest hybrid roller coaster (5,740 feet or 1,750 m)


• Most inversions on a hybrid roller coaster (4)


• Fastest airtime hill on a hybrid roller coaster (73 mph or 117 kph)


• Most airtime on a hybrid roller coaster (27.2 seconds)


• Most airtime on any roller coaster (27.2 seconds)


• World’s first “hyper-hybrid” roller coaster


• Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,423 feet/11.4 miles or 18,417 m/18.4 km)


• Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (57,865 feet/11 miles or 17,637 m/17.6 km)


• Most roller coasters over 200 feet (61 m) tall at one amusement park (6)


• Most rides at one amusement park (71)


• Most roller coasters with a first drop of 90° or more at one amusement park (5)


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