Gravity Max: World’s First “Tilting Roller Coaster” Offers True 90° Drop Madness

By: | September 15th, 2014

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The Gravity Max “tilt roller coaster” ride at Lihpao Land Discovery World in Houli, Taichung, Taiwan, may be the scariest roller coaster ride on the planet. Gravity Max hangs riders over a 13 story vertical drop at 90° and then sends them off on the roller coaster ride. The attraction is also known as a Vekoma Tilt Coaster and was built by Vekoma of Vlodrop, Netherlands.

Vekoma has built more than 275 roller coasters worldwide and is known for the Boomerang, Flying Dutchman, Hammerhead Stall, Looping Coaster, Mine Train, Suspended Looping Coaster, Swinging Turns and others. Vekoma has also built the Giant Wheel at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey and the Navy Peer Fears Wheel in peer Park, Chicago, both in the US.

The roller coaster is 1,863.5 feet around with a maximum height of 114 feet and a capacity of 1,185 riders per hour. There is one inversion on the ride and the maximum speed is 56 mph with a maximum 3.5 G’s of force. The ride takes 2:26 minutes and provides a maximum vertical angle of 90°. The tallest element of the ride an 88 foot tall loop.

Ride along with South African college students Cass & Ray as they test out the coaster.

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