The Tower of Terror II is a steel shuttle roller coaster located at the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. When the Tower of Terror opened on 23 January 1997, it was the first roller coaster in the World to reach 161.9 kilometres per hour (100.6 mph) speeds making it the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world of its time.The ride is situated on the Dreamworld Tower which also houses the Giant Drop free fall ride. The ride was originally known as the Tower of Terror until it was modified and relaunched in September 2010.
The steel and concrete structure cost A$16 million to construct. The original ride featured a shorter, 80-metre (260 ft) tunnel, a rigid lap bar using a hydraulic locking system and would carry 15 passengers at a time.The relaunched ride takes 14 passengers. It propels passengers to just under 161 kilometres per hour (100 mph) with a maximum of 4.5Gs and 6.5 seconds of weightlessness. As of 2010, the ride is 4th in the tallest roller coaster rankings, 3rd in the tallest roller coaster drop rankings and 4th in the fastest roller coaster rankings.
The original Tower of Terror ride featured an "escape pod" weighing 6 metric tons (5.9 long tons; 6.6 short tons). Riders would be launched forwards out of a shorter, 80-metre (260 ft) tunnel at a rate of 160.9 kilometres per hour (100.0 mph) before travelling up the 115-metre (377 ft) tower. Just 0.25 seconds after the initial launch, an on-ride camera would take photographs of riders.
Up to 14 riders at a time are electro-magnetically accelerated to 160.9 kilometres per hour (100.0 mph) in seven seconds along the extended, 206-metre (676 ft) launch tunnel. The track then pitches up 90 degrees to the vertical, with the passengers pulling 4.5Gs.Riders are weightless during the entire vertical section of the ride for about 6.5 seconds, 3.25 seconds going up and 3.25 seconds falling back down.The car then pitches back down to horizontal and enters the tunnel where an on-ride camera takes photographs of riders.The vehicle continues to hurtle back into the station where it comes to a fairly rapid stop.
Tower Of Terror II:
Type: Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Model: Reverse Freefall Coaster
Lift/launch system: Linear synchronous motor
Height: 115 m (377 ft)
Drop: 100 m (330 ft)
Length: 376.4 m (1,235 ft)
Speed: 160.9 km/h (100.0 mph)
Duration: 27 seconds
Max vertical angle: 90°
Acceleration: 0 to 160.9 km/h (0 to 100 mph) in 7 seconds
Height restriction: 120 cm (3 ft 11 in)
Maximum Height: 200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Vehicle: Single vehicle seating 14 passengers in one row of 2 and three rows of 4.
Tunnel Length: 206 metres (676 ft)