Takabisha – the Steepest Roller Coaster Ever
Takabisha is the world’s steepest roller coaster with a drop that goes far beyond vertical at 121 degrees. Its name translates from Japanese as being ‘domineering’ and is a pun with the three characters (高飛車) literally meaning ‘high fly car’. It is a record holder courtesy of the angle which is just half a degree steeper than the closest rival, Green Lantern Coaster, based in Warner Brothers Movie World, Australia.
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It is located at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, near the base of Mount Fuji, which operates a number of other famous rides including Eejanaika, a ‘fourth dimension’ roller coaster, and what was previously the world’s tallest roller coaster, Fuyijama. Opened in July 2011 at a cost of three billion Yen, Takabisha features seven inversions, a maximum speed of over one hundred kilometres per hour and a total ride duration of one minute and fifty-two seconds.
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The ride was built by Gerstlauer, a German manufacturer of amusement rides and roller coasters. Despite only building its first roller coaster in 1998, the company has quickly developed a reputation for intense rides thanks to the Euro-Fighter model. Takabisha is one of these types (with a custom track design), which incorporate the intensely steep drop following by a number of twists and loops.