The biggest and fastest roller coaster in the world is Kingda Ka, New Jersey, USA. It was first introduces to the world in September 2004, when it was announced as the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the world. It started operating in May 2005, with a great thrill and excitement among the public world wide.
The train reaches 206 km per hour in nearly 3.4 seconds, and when climbing the top hat tower on the launch track finish, it reaches the height close to some 140 meters. Its motor has a capability to produce amazing 20 790 horsepower.
When it comes to security (which you would probably think about first), restraint system is made of both rigid and flexible restraints that go over the passenger’s shoulders. When locked, restraints can go down, but cannot be pulled up. There are also the belts in case that locking system brakes down.
On the 6th of June 2005, a test run was conducted without passengers, and ended in launch cable damage, so the roller coaster was closed for rides until August. That wasn’t the only incident, however. In 2009, it was hit by a lightning, which indicated its unreliability and the necessity of reparation.
When it was finally done, the Kingda Ka was still closed for maintenance for couple of months. The name came from a huge Bengal tiger that is sort of a roller coaster’s trademark. All is designed in mythical Indian manner, which gives an additional excitement and atmosphere to the ride. It does look interesting, but there have been not only problems but also several tragedies.
The tiger escaped from cage and two children were killed by it, all happened in 2007. One person lost his life on the ride. Despite all the security measures, this kind of things apparently still happen. No mater how roller coasters are amazing and despite all the adrenaline and excitement, there are still risks. The only solution would be more work on safety; that would certainly bring more visitors from all over the world and prove that is was worth.