Nitro is a B&M hyper coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure. It has gotten 3rd place for best steel coaster in Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for the past several years. I was exited to see how it would compare to Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens, another award-winning hyper.
The cars on Nitro contain some of the most comfortable seats on any coaster, you could almost fall asleep in them. The ride starts with a swooping turn to the right. The 230 foot lift hill gives you plenty of time to survey the surrounding area. The drop is excellent. The first airtime hill gives you plenty of airtime before twisting to the left. The next hill gives plenty of airtime as well.
The next element is an overbanked turn, it is especially nice if you sit on the right side of the train. Another airtime hill follows this. The next hill is like a miniature version of the first airtime hill, you rise up and twist to the left.
The helix is next, it is one of the most intense things that I’ve ever experienced. You start spiraling upwards, the track getting tighter and tighter. Just as riders think that they can’t take any more, there is a set of trim brakes. The sudden dive off of this straight section of track surprises many riders and provides tons of airtime. There are three bunny hops on the way back to the station, each gives a little stronger airtime than the one before it. The final bunny hop has ejector air.
Nitro was an explosive ride (pun intended). It was a great ride (and even better in the rain!) I am giving it a 9 out of 10, just because after my first ride, I wasn’t that impressed.
Have you been on Nitro? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂