Its officially "official"; Busch Gardens Africa will indeed release a brand new coaster in 2011. Dubbed Cheetah Hunt, this ride will propel riders forward with LSM technology at three separate launch zones. Also included in the expansion will be a brand new, completely immersive animal encounter exhibit, Cheetah Run.
The coaster, designed by Intamin AG, will be only the third installment by that company to feature Linear Synchronous Motors as a means of propulsion. But these magnetic boosters are needed to rocket riders up to their maximum speed of 60 mph before soaring to the top of a 110 ft hill. From that dizzying height, riders will then plummet a whopping 130 ft, thanks to one of many subterranean trenches throughout the ride.
In addition to those impressive heights and speeds, Cheetah Hunt will feature a "heartline roll" inversion, a 0-g parabolic hump, and an awesome set of s-turns nestled into the old Rhino Rally canyon. When this attraction opens next spring it will be sure to please everyone, animal lovers and thrill seekers alike. So if you're in the Tampa area next year, check out Cheetah Hunt, a new breed of speed.