SheiKra is a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. It is situated in the Stanleyville section of the park. SheiKra was the first Dive roller coaster in North America. It is tied with Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia as the second tallest roller coaster in the southeast, after Intimidator at Carowinds in North Carolina.
SheiKra first opened in May 2005 and was converted to a floorless roller coaster two years later on June 16, 2007, following the opening of its sister coaster Griffon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg that year. The name SheiKra is derived from a shikra, an Asian-African hawk that is known to dive straight down for its prey.
After passengers leave the station, they climb a 47-degree 200-foot lift hill.The train then makes a U-turn and approaches the holding brake, which suspends the train for about 6 seconds on the precipice of the sheer 90-degree drop before releasing it to plummet down and into an Immelmann loop.After the Immelmann, the train takes an upward turn into the mid-course brake run before the second drop, which is at 81 degrees. The train then navigates a wide turnaround and swoops down into a water brake-splashdown area before heading up through a final helix into the brake run.
The other six B&M diving machines are Oblivion at Alton Towers in the UK, Diving Machine G5 at Janfusun Fancyworld in Taiwan, Griffon at its sister park Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Dive Coaster at Chimelong Paradise and Diving Coaster at Happy Valley Shanghai, both in China, and Krake at Heide Park in Germany.
- 200-foot 45-degree chain lift hill.
- 200-foot 90° drop.
- 140-foot-tall Immelmann.
- 138-foot 81° drop.
Type Steel - Dive Coaster
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Model Dive Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 200 ft (61 m)
Drop 200 ft (61 m)
Length 3,188 ft (972 m)
Speed 70 mph (110 km/h)
Max vertical angle 90°
Height restriction 4 ft 6 in (137 cm)