World’s Steepest Roller Coaster Is Called Takabisha
With a single vertical drop of 141 feet, the Takabisha roller coaster in Japan is officially the world’s steepest roller coaster. The ride is part of the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park and started to gain notoriety on July 16, 2011 when it was officially tested by the public in the presence of Guinness World Record representatives.
Even though it lasts for just 112 seconds, the thrilling ride involves a total of 7 dizzying twists across 2 miles of track. With the help of a series of linear motors and the force of gravity, the cars are able to reach speeds of up to 62 mph. Furthermore, the riders also experience weightlessness for a brief moment as they plunge down the world’s steepest incline, which is reason enough to visit this exceptional roller coaster at least once in a lifetime.
As you would expect, building such an extraordinary attraction required vast sums of money, about $31 million to be precise. However, even though it is undoubtedly the steepest roller coaster, this does not mean that the Takabisha is also the fastest since that record is still being held by the Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi.