Don't look down! Japanese theme park set to take the title of 'world's steepest rollercoaster' from UK's Flamingoland
Last updated at 8:31 AM on 16th June 2011
On July 16th, the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, in the shadow of Mount Fuji in Yamanash, will unveil the stomach-flipping Takabisha ride - an attraction that includes seven major twists over 1000 metres of track, and a nerve-jangling drop of 43 metres.
All in a spin: Takabisha will not be a ride for the faint-hearted
The ride's designers have called in adjudicators from the Guinness Book of World Records to ratify that the drop, which involves a 121° freefall, is the steepest on any attraction anywhere in the world.
The Takabisha, which translates as 'dominant' in English, relies on a combination of gravity and a set of linear motors on the cars. These accelerate the coaster to speeds of 100kmph. Riders experience weightlessness as they 'nosedive' down the sharp incline, before later being plunged into darkness.
But there is little time to enjoy the view of snow-capped Mount Fuji. The ride lasts just 112 seconds.
Costing an eye-watering 3 billion yen (around £23million) to build, Takabisha will grab the title of 'ride with the steepest incline' from a British attraction, Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingoland in the UK.
The popular Yorkshire theme park has held the record since July 2009. Mumbo Jumbo, which cost £5m to design and build, has an incline of 112 degrees and puts riders under a force of 4Gs, similar to those experienced by fighter pilots.
Fuji-Q is no stranger to records - this will be the 14th Guinness-recognised mark set by the park.
However, when it comes to speed, the world's fastest rollercoaster is still Formula Rossa, which can be found at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. This speeds riders around its tracks at 240kmph.
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