By: Nicole Kopacz
How Roller Coasters Work
The traditional chain lifted roller coaster has a long section of chain running up the track. The stops at the top of the hill and restarts at the bottom.
The second type of roller coasters is the catapult-lifted coaster. There are multiple different kinds of catapult coasters but they all piratically work the same way. They work by creating a lot of kinetic energy in a small amount of time weather then dragging the train up a hill. For example the more popular one is known as the linear-induction motor. It has two electromagnets that causes the car to move on it's own.
First Roller Coaster In America
Why are Steel coasters Better?
For thrill seekers there better because steel is more complex and strong then the wood is. Witch means they can have faster turns and more twist. In fact most of the coasters with tallest, fastest, and steepest coasters happen to have world records.
World Record Holder
The Kinda Ka has the biggest drop, is the tallest and is the second fastest. It drops 418 feet at a 90 degree angle, It is 456 feet tall, and goes 128mph.
The fastest, tallest, and steepest. The ride opened in 2014 at Six Flags Great America. It is the fastest going 72mph. The steepest dropping at 80-degrees. Finally the tallest at 180 feet.