Banshee screams through first tests
With engineers, technicians, construction workers, managers and the park general manager standing by watching, the longest inverted roller coaster in the world, Banshee, screamed its way through its first test run March 15 at Kings Island theme park near Cincinnati, Ohio.
With seven inversions, the 4,100ft long Banshee also ties another inverted roller coaster record.
Designed exclusively for Kings Island by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, Banshee features the following succession of breath-taking thrills: A 167ft lift hill, 150ft curved first drop, a dive loop, a vertical loop encircling the lift hill, a zero-gravity-roll, a pair of batwing inversions, outside loop, spiral, in-line roll and carousel - all at speeds up to 68mph.
Banshee makes its highly anticipated public debut when Kings Island opens for the 2014 season on Friday, April 18.