Nitro Up-Front Info
- Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 8.5
Wild speed, height, and G-forces, but no inversions
- Coaster type: Hypercoaster, Out-and-back
- Top speed: 80 mph
- Height restriction to ride: 54 inches
- Height of lift hill: 230 feet
- First drop: 215 feet
- Ride time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds
- Note that unlike most coasters, the front of the train, rather than the back, seems to deliver more airtime and a more intense ride.
- Nitro and other Six Flags Great Adventure Rides Photo Gallery
The unique and impressive design of the huge 36-passenger trains is evident as they pull into the loading station. The cars' low-slung-sides and raised seats leave riders exposed. Since there are no inversions, there are no over-the-shoulder harnesses. A single, unobtrusive T lap bar ratchets Nitro's passengers into place and contributes to their sense of vulnerability.
There are no jogs at the apex of the lift hill. Nitro proceeds straight into a 215-foot drop and accelerates to a bone-rattling 80 mph. It immediately shoots up a second hill for some delirious airtime. From there it takes a left turn into the wilds of New Jersey.
The sweet release of floating airtime
Nitro is similar to another hypercoaster, Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens in Virginia. Both rides share the same manufacturer, Bolliger & Mabillard of Switzerland. Apollo's Chariot gives a slightly smoother ride (although both hypercoasters are remarkably hyper-smooth), and foregoes the double helix for non-stop hills and drops.