Have you ever wondered what makes a roller coaster ride unique?
Sure, it’s those incredible inversions, the twists, and those often jarring turns, aren’t they?
Yes, it is, and a whole lot more. More than meets the eye actually.
What makes different roller coasters offer a completely different experience are the forces on a roller coaster. Different roller coasters have different forces at play, giving each coaster a different experience.
And that’s why adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers are always on the lookout for the highest g-force coaster – the roller coaster that will have the greatest impact on their bodies.
Did I lose you at the inversions?
Sorry about that. Let me get you back on track and explain a bit about the forces on a roller coaster. This will help you understand and appreciate the beauty of roller coaster designs.
The Highest G-Force Coaster – What it All Means
To understand the forces at work in making a roller coaster experience the thrill you love, we’ll need to understand the effects of acceleration on your body.
When a roller coaster car accelerates, you feel a force pushing you back in your seat (I’m sure you know that). But what you need to understand is that the real force pushing you is your seat pushing you forward. The reason you feel the backward push more is your body’s inertia – your body’s resistance to motion.
To put it simply, when accelerating, you always feel the force of acceleration in the opposite direction to the actual force accelerating you. For example, when you accelerate quickly at the robots, your body is pushed backward, yet you are accelerating forward.
Those acceleration forces are called the G-forces.
This is because they work in the same way the force of gravity works on our bodies. And to put things in perspective, 1g is equal to the force of acceleration caused by gravity near the Earth’s surface.
And how many g’s do astronauts experience when a rocket launches? No, not a thousand. Astronauts experience 3g’s when being launched into space.
I know that sounds like they don’t experience much in terms of g-forces, but for most people, anything above 5g’s is too much. In fact, at this point, some people pass out.
And this is the interesting thing about the highest G-force coaster – it exerts G-forces greater than 5g on you.
Let’s look at some of these super coasters and how many g’s you can experience while riding on them.
3 of the Highest G-Force Coasters in the World
Whether you are a thrill seeker or you just love admiring beautiful engineering feats from the ground, these 3 high g-force roller coasters are worth visiting – from wherever you are in the world. Let’s get traveling, shall we?
1. Formula Rossa – Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, UAE
If you have a need for speed, then you’d best rush to the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi to be exact. This is where you will find the fastest roller coaster in the world – the aptly named Formula Rossa. The Formula Rossa has its home at the world-famous Ferrari World Resort and Amusement Park.
I know what you are waiting for, the top speed and g-forces.
The Formula Rossa tops out its speed at a whopping 150 MPH. Definitely a Formula One experience on tracks.
Despite its massive speed factor, the Formula Rossa is not the highest G-force coaster as it is a 4.8g coaster. That is more than an astronaut experiences, but there are coasters that can give you are a higher G-force experience.
2. Takabisha Roller Coaster Japan
Our next stop in search of the highest g-force coaster is the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Japan. Here we find the steepest roller coaster – Takabisha.
As a coaster enthusiast, you’ve probably experienced some steep drops on a coaster, but trust me, none of them can compare to what you will experience as you ride Takabisha.
Takabisha features a massive 121-degree drop at 62 miles per hour. This is an engineering feat that takes you down a 141-foot inverted drop that will have you screaming your lungs out.
For those brave enough to look, Takabisha has a treat for you just before you take the plunge – a one of a kind view of Mt. Fuji.
As for G-force, Takabisha delivers an impressive 4.6g.
Obviously, not the highest G-force coaster, so let’s move on.
3. Kingda Ka, New Jersey, USA
If height is your thing, then Kingda KA is the coaster for you as it is the tallest roller coaster in the world, standing at an impressive height of 456 feet. And if you love speed, this super coaster is the perfect combination of height and speed as it is not only the tallest coaster but the second fastest, topping its speed at 128 miles per hour.
Surely then, this must be the highest G-force coaster we are looking for.
Well, Kingda Ka is tall and fast, so it’s possible. But, with an amazing G-force rating of 5g, it still isn’t “The One”.
In fact, the highest G-force coaster is in a very unlikely place. Let’s go and unearth it, shall we?
4. The Tower of Terror Ride – The One
With a name like that, this definitely has to be the highest G-force coaster in the world, and it is.
Tower of Terror is a super coaster at Gold Reef City in South Africa and holds the record for the highest G-force coaster with a super rating of 6.3g.
This is more than double the G-force astronauts experience and way above the threshold of 5g’s that the human body can sustain.
So how do riders survive this near-space launch?
The 6.3g force on this ride is only sustained for a few seconds, and not minutes, therefore making it manageable for riders. Had it been prolonged for longer, well, that’s a story for another day. But just know that it definitely would have some consequences.
The Highest G-Force Coaster – The Thrill of Your Life
With amazing coasters like the ones above, coasters that are pushing the limits, people like you and I are certainly catered for when it comes to getting an adrenaline fix. And for the thrill these super coasters afford, the journey to get them is definitely worth it.