Dodonpa, an S&S Worldwide roller coaster located at the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan, is distinguished as the second roller coaster ever to utilize the power of compressed air to launch its trains. This steel roller coaster made its debut on 21 December 2001, immediately making headlines when it broke two records. First, it attained the title of fastest roller coaster in the world, previously shared by Superman: The Escape and Tower of Terror. Then, it claimed the record for fastest acceleration, previously held by another S&S Worldwide creation, Hypersonic XLC. Today, it is ranked as the fourth fastest roller coaster; however, over the past decade, it has proved unbeatable when it comes to acceleration.
Speed and Acceleration:
This 55 second ride takes the rider across 3,901 feet of steel tracks, and peaks at a maximum height of 170 feet 7 inches.Reaching top speeds of 106.9 mph, Dodonpa retained the title of world's fastest roller coaster for nearly a year and a half before Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster took it in May 2003.Previous to Dodonpa, only two other roller coasters had broken the 100 mph barrier; today, that number has risen to six (including Dodonpa).
As for its main attraction, Dodonpa's accelerates from 0 mph to its maximum speed, 106.9 mph, in 1.8 seconds,reaching up to 4.3 G's.That means it accelerates 4.3 times faster than the acceleration due to gravity, or 4.3 times faster than free fall. Even astronauts only experience 3 G's at liftoff, though, for a substantially longer time than 1.8 seconds.
Manufacturer: S&S Worldwide
Model: Thrust Air 2000
Lift/launch system: Compressed air launch
Height: 2 m (171 ft)
Drop: 50 m (160 ft)
Length: 1,189 m (3,901 ft)
Speed: 172 km/h (107 mph)
Max vertical angle; 90°
Capacity: 1000 riders per hour
Acceleration: 0 to 172 km/h (0 to 107 mph) in 1.8 seconds