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V2: Vertical Velocity

April 3, 2011

V2 is an Inverted Impulse Coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo California. Vallejo has a height limit for structures of 150 feet, Most Impulse Coasters are 186 feet so this posed a problem for Six Flags. So they changed the angle of the first tower from 90 degrees to 45 degrees so it was now the correct height. The back tower is still vertical but was lowered to 150 feet.

The ride starts with a blast forwards out of the station. We shoot up the first incline, If we are in the front we almost get around the twist, if we are in back we hardly even get spinning. We fall back to earth and are shot backwards through the station and up the back spire. This time, the people in back get the treat, they get  plenty of airtime, whereas the people in front don’t get vertical. From now on though, everyone will be doing everything. We shoot forwards again through the station and up the first incline again. We get pretty close to the edge before falling backwards… again. The train goes up and down the back spire one more time. There is still one more time up the first tower, before the brakes slow us down.

V2 was fun but rather short, the wait times are always long because they can only run one train. I am giving it a 7 out of 10

Have you been on V2? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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