Ohio’s Kings Island will introduce the world’s longest inverted coaster in April with an under-the-track design that last reigned supreme in the 1990s.
When it debuts on April 18, the 4,124-foot-long Banshee will break a record that has stood for more than 16 years — in part because no U.S. park has built a new inverted coaster in nearly a decade. With seven inversions, the new Kings Island ride will also tie another inverted coaster record set when Bill Clinton was reelected president. The $24-million Banshee will be the first new coaster at Kings Island since Diamondback debuted in 2009, the park’s only other B&M. After ascending a 167-foot-tall lift hill, Banshee will plunge into a dive loop before tackling a vertical loop encircling the lift hill, a weightless zero-gravity roll, two batwing inversions, another vertical loop and a 170-foot long heartline roll. Unlike most coasters, Banshee won’t reach its peak speed of 68 mph until halfway through the ride.
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