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2005: The World’s Tallest Roller Coaster Opened

2005: The World’s Tallest Roller Coaster Opened
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  • Historical event
  • 21 May 2005
  • The maximum speed of 206 km/h on the Kingda Ka roller coaster is achieved in just 3.5 seconds. Such acceleration is achieved by a hydraulic launch mechanism with 20,800 horsepower.

On this day, in 2005, the tallest roller coaster in the world – Kingda Ka in New Jersey was opened.

It is 139 meters high and the train achieves a maximum speed of 206 kilometers per hour. That speed makes Kingda Ka the second fastest roller coaster in the world, after Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi, which achieves 240 kilometers per hour and is located within the Ferrari World in the United Arab Emirates.

The construction of the Kingda Ka roller coaster is made of steel and rails are 950 meters long. A ride on that roller coaster includes a vertical drop of 127 meters. The maximum acceleration (i.e. G-force) is up to 5 g (five times greater than the gravitational acceleration of the planet Earth).

It is interesting that the maximum speed of 206 kilometers per hour on the Kingda Ka roller coaster is achieved in just 3.5 seconds. Such acceleration is achieved by a hydraulic launch mechanism with 20,800 horsepower. Kingda Ka roller coaster is located in the American state of New Jersey, roughly equally distant from New York and Philadelphia.

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