Evel Knievel Stats
- Type: Wooden cyclone coaster
- Height: 82 feet
- First drop: 80 feet
- Top speed: 50 mph
- Track length: 2700 feet
- Height Restriction: Minimum 48 inches
The Coaster's CyclesThe new coaster, to be built by Great Coasters International, will feature GCI's 24-passenger Millennium Flyer trains. The company has been getting rave reviews for its sleek, smooth-riding trains and for its recent thrill machines such as Renegade, the wooden coaster it built for Valleyfair in Minnesota for the 2007 season. While Evel Knievel won't be quite as tall, long, or fast as Renegade, it should be a great ride.
Instead of a straight drop, the woodie will bank 90 degrees to the left as it navigates its initial 80-foot plunge. At the bottom of the first drop it will travel under another section of track. This should yield a high-speed head chopper, a term that coaster fans use to describe the illusion that passengers won't be able to clear an overhead beam. As opposed to an out-and-back coaster, Evel Knievel will be a twister or cyclone coaster (named after Coney Island's famous Cyclone) and will cross over itself 14 times. That'll be a lot of head chopping.
After the initial drop, Evel Knievel will deliver a 55-foot double-down drop. Sixteen more hills will offer plenty of airtime and lateral G-forces as the trains encounter high-banked turns, abrupt direction changes, bunny hills, and other elements.
The high-flying Evel Knievel (the man) offers a potent subject around which a wild coaster could be themed. An LIM-powered steel coaster, for example, could stop mid-course, rev up to speed on a straight piece of track, fly up a ramp, and soar through a ring of fire. Or an inverted steel coaster (in which the trains would hang from a track above), with cars made to resemble motorcycles, could incorporate buses (hey, how about a bunch of those Mr. Six buses from the old Six Flags commercials?) over which the "cycles" could fly. But a wood coaster offers few opportunities to capitalize on the Evel Knievel legend. Hmm. Perhaps Six Flags should hire me as a ride consultant.