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The Most Insane Inversions

April 14, 2012

Most coasters have simple inversions like loops and corkscrews. Some rides though, take it to the next level and insert an insane element. Here are some of the craziest.

Sky Loop

Created by Maurer Sohne, the Sky Loop is most certainly an insane inversion. The cars are pulled out of the station and up a vertical lift hill. At the top of the lift the track flips upside down (so you have done a half loop). Then there is a full heartline roll, so you are upside down again, and a half loop/drop combo.

Flying Snake Dive

The Flying Snake Dive is widely regarded as being one of the best inversions on a coaster (as well as having one of the weirdest names). It is found exclusively on Hersheypark’s Storm Runner. It starts with a half heartline roll and then dives down while flipping and turning. If you look at a POV of the ride you can see it (at 2:05).

Eejanaika’s Zero-G-Roll

Normally a Zero-G-Roll would not be crazy enough for this post but Eejanaika is a 4th Dimension coaster. This means that while you are flipping sideways through the roll, you are also flipping forwards. Chris Belson said in his review of the ride,

“This maneuver is the most wild, insane, out-of-control feeling I have ever had on a coaster. The forward rotation, combined with the counterclockwise twist throws you against the incredibly comfortable OTSR’s for an extended bout of twisting airtime.”

Hopefully you can see why this is one of the most insane inversions.

Banana Roll

The Banana Roll is currently found only on Fuji-Q Highland’s Takabisha. It’s hard to describe what the inversion is. A mix between a cobra roll and an overbanked turn? Yea, its insane.

Saxophone

The saxophone is one of the most insane inversions ever invented. It starts with an outside downward half loop. Next it travels along a straight section of track. Finally it flips back right side up with an inside half loop. All other inversions have you on the inside of the track the entire time (with the exception of 4th Dimension and Inverted coasters) Saxophones have you on the outside.

What do you think? Are there any that I missed? Please comment. Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

 

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8 Comments
  1. The Banana Roll looks sort of like a twisted top hat inversion, pretty insane, especially on the coaster with the world’s steepest drop.

  2. Matt P permalink

    Nice post. And very cool storm runner video. I have to say eejainaka’s inversion is the most insane, because of the forward rotation of the seats. However, if only the inversion alone and not regarding seats, the saxophone looks to be the most insane.

  3. guifol permalink

    Wow, those elements are insane! The Quad Heartline Roll in the 10 and 11 inversion rollercoaster are also crazy!

    • Oh yea, I forgot about those. Someday I’ll have to make it over to Thorpe Park to ride Colossus. Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚

  4. The most unusual one I’ve ridden is probably the “Norwegian loop” on Fahrenheit, which exists on only two coasters: a vertical loop built upside down (like the pretzel loops on B&M flying coasters), but with a half-twist at the beginning and end so that it can be ridden in sitting position, with the rider sitting upright at the bottom of the loop. You invert twice, and it can be thought of a dive loop leading directly into an Immelmann. It wasn’t my favorite, but you don’t see it every day.

    But the most intense (and most painful) would have to be the various inversions on Busch Gardens’ defunct Drachen Fire, which were built without benefit of heartlining on the transitions. One of those was a cutback, which is pretty rare.

    • I haven’t been on Fahrenheit or Speed Monster (the other coaster with a Norwegian Loop) but I’ve heard that they are fun. Drachen Fire did have a lot of unique elements, to bad they weren’t comfortable. Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚

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