The Most Insane Inversions
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.
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).
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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