Dare Devil Dive

Dare Devil Dive is a steel roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia.[2] Designed by German company Gerstlauer, Dare Devil Dive is based on the company's Euro-Fighter model, and features a 95-foot (29 m)-tall vertical lift hill, a 95° first drop, three inversions and a top speed of 52 miles per hour (84 km/h).[2] It is also the first Euro-Fighter to debut a new lap-bar restraint system, replacing the more common over-the-shoulder harnesses.[3]

Dare Devil Dive
The attraction's main sign and 95° first drop.
Six Flags Over Georgia
Park sectionUSA Section
Coordinates33.770261°N 84.547949°W / 33.770261; -84.547949
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 28, 2011 (2011-05-28)[1]
Cost$9,000,000
General statistics
TypeSteel
ManufacturerGerstlauer
ModelEuro-Fighter (Custom)
Lift/launch systemVertical chain lift hill
Height95 ft (29 m)
Length2,099 ft (640 m)
Speed52 mph (84 km/h)
Inversions3
Duration1:40
Max vertical angle95°
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains4 trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 6 riders per train.
Platinum Flash Pass available
Dare Devil Dive at RCDB
Pictures of Dare Devil Dive at RCDB

History

First announced on September 1, 2010, Dare Devil Dive was placed in the park's USA section, which also includes the Goliath roller coaster. The park demolished its long-standing Drive-In Theatre building in the spring of 2010 and removed its indoor Eli Bridge Scrambler "Shake Rattle and Roll" in the fall of 2010. Also, the park's former Freefall attraction, a first-generation Intamin freefall tower, was located adjacent to the theatre until it was removed after the 2006 season. The park added a construction blog to follow the construction of the roller coaster.[4] In December 2010, Six Flags Over Georgia released a CGI video of Dare Devil Dive, showcasing the ride's layout and theming.[5]

The ride officially opened to the public on May 28, 2011, with soft opening for Season Passholders held the day prior.[1]

Six Flags announced on March 3, 2016, that Dare Devil Dive would be among several rides at various parks that would receive a virtual reality (VR) upgrade. Riders aged 13 and older will have the option to wear Samsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Oculus, to create a 360-degree, 3D experience while riding. The illusion is themed to a fighter jet, where riders fly through a futuristic city as co-pilots battling alien invaders. The feature debuted with the coaster when the park opened for the 2016 season on March 12, 2016.[6] Children 12 or younger will not be able to wear the headsets, and will have to ride Dare Devil Dive normally.

The next season, the VR was removed.

Naming

This is the second attraction to carry the "Dare Devil Dive" name in Six Flags Over Georgia's history. In 1996, the park added a Skycoaster attraction to its Cotton States section that was named "Fearless Freep's Dare Devil Dive". That name was inspired by a Bugs Bunny cartoon, High Diving Hare, in which Yosemite Sam attempts to coerce Bugs Bunny into performing a high-diving act when the show's star, Fearless Freep, is unavailable. In recent years, the park has renamed the attraction simply as "Sky Coaster."

Track layout

Like other Euro-Fighter models, Dare Devil Dive features a vertical lift hill, in this case 95 feet (29 m) in height.[2] Upon reaching the top, the car drops at a "beyond-vertical" angle of 95°, with the track curling slightly back under the top of the lift before leveling out.[7] Unlike the other models, Dare Devil Dive uses a newly designed lap-bar restraint system, making it the first in the world to deploy it.[3] The 2,099 feet (640 m) of track includes three inversions.[8]

Dare Devil Dive begins as the car leaves the station and turns right to reach the vertical lift hill. Upon reaching the top, the car slowly crests the hill then drops toward the ground, passing through "rings of fire" before leveling out and climbing to enter the first inversion, a dive loop. As it exits, it drops back to the ground before climbing upwards to the right to enter a banked turn on its side, then diving down towards the right. It next enters the second inversion, an Immelman, returning to the ground then turning upwards to the left to enter the ride's mid-course brakes.[9]

Exiting the brakes, the train makes a U-turn to the left, swinging around a "control tower" then crossing over the first drop before making another U-turn to the right through a tunnel, exiting into the final inversion, a heartline roll. After a final right-hand turn, the car reaches the final brake run and returns to the station.[9]

See also

References

  1. Six Flags Over Georgia. "ANNOUNCEMENT". Facebook. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  2. Markiewicz, David (2010-09-01). "Six Flags Over Georgia to add new roller coaster for 2011 season". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  3. "Dare Devil Dive". Gerstlauer. Retrieved 2011-06-06.
  4. Six Flags Over Georgia. "Six Flags Over Georgia Construction Blog of Dare Devil Dive".
  5. Six Flags Over Georgia (December 9, 2010). "Dare Devil Dive Coaster". Video. YouTube. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
  6. Six Flags Over Georgia (May 26, 2011). "Dare Devil Dive Opens At Six Flags Over Georgia". Press Release. PR Newswire. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
  7. Marden, Duane. "Dare Devil Dive  (Six Flags Over Georgia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  8. Alvey, Robb (May 27, 2011). "Dare Devil Dive REAL POV Front Seat Onride Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Georgia SFOG HD" (Video). Theme Park Review. YouTube. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
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