The Valravn Birdseye

Doesn’t that sound like straight out of science fiction? It totally does and wow, what a badass coaster it is too. Just the CG mockup video makes me want to shriek like a banshee.

I was so drawn to it by the cool name. Also because the mini-me is a roller-coaster fiend and I have to show the CG mockup to her. And, certainly not the least, I want to make a writing exercise out of describing it.

The new roller coaster, the Valravn Birdseye, in Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park will shatter 10 world records:

1. Tallest dive coaster (223 feet)
2. Fastest dive coaster (75 mph)
3. Longest dive coaster (3,415 feet)
4. Most inversions on a dive coaster (three)
5. Longest drop on a dive coaster (214 feet)
6. Highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet)
7. Most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5)
8. Most rides at one amusement park (72)
9. Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles)
10. Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles)

Mark your calendars, the ride opens next summer.

Here’s another video of it:

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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