Afterburn is a steel inverted roller coaster at Carowinds. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, the roller coaster stands 144 feet (44 m) in height and reaches speeds of 62 miles per hour (100 km/h). When Afterburn opened in 1999, it was named Top Gun: The Jet Coaster.
As the train leaves the station, a recorded message, "Clear for Takeoff" is played. Afterburn then begins as it climbs its lift hill, reaching a peak height of 144 feet (44 m). The roller coaster train then drops to the right to enter its first inversion, a vertical loop. It then remains low to the ground as it enters an Immelmann loop, which sends the train in the opposite direction. The train climbs up and then spins through a Zero-G roll before diving back to the ground and entering the two-inversion batwing element, crossing under the park's rear entrance in the process.
As Afterburn exits the batwing, it climbs through a camelback hill. The train then returns to the ground hitting 4.8Gs, and enters its final inversion, a corkscrew to the right. After exiting the corkscrew, the train begins a 270-degree climbing helix to the left, after which it reaches the ride's brake run and the return to the station.
Type Steel - Inverted
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Height 144 ft (44 m)
Drop 113 ft (34 m)
Length 2,956 ft (901 m)
Speed 62 mph (100 km/h)
Capacity 1380 riders per hour
Trains 2 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.