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Japan's Takabisha ride set to grab title of 'world's steepest rollercoaster'

June 16, 2011 - London

A new rollercoaster with seven major twists over 1,000 m of track, and a drop of 43 m in Japan is all set to grab the title of 'world's steepest rollercoaster'.

The stomach-flipping Takabisha ride, which is in the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, in the shadow of Mount Fuji in Yamanash, would be opened on July 16.

The ride's designers have called in judges from the Guinness Book of World Records to confirm that the drop, which involves a 121-degree freefall, is the steepest on any attraction anywhere in the world.

The Takabisha, which means 'dominant' in English, runs on a combination of gravity and a set of linear motors on the cars. These accelerate the coaster to speeds of 100 km per hour.

The ride that had cost around 23 million dollars to build, would take over the title of 'ride with the steepest incline' from a British attraction, Mumbo Jumbo at 'Flamingoland' in the UK.

The popular Yorkshire theme park, which has held the record since July 2009, has an incline of 112 degrees and puts riders under a force of 4Gs, similar to those experienced by fighter pilots.


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