Specific Type: Steel, Mega-Coaster
In 1993, Six Flags Great Adventure of Jackson, New Jersey contracted Bolliger and Mabillard of Switzerland to construct the park's most groundbreaking coaster yet - Batman: the Ride, the first coaster on the east coast to let passengers ride under the track with feet dangling. Six years later, the same park got B&M to build an even more groundbreaking and one-of-a-kind ride,Medusa (now Bizarro), another coaster to send passengers around the course with feet dangling, but this time above the track. And just two years after Medusa, B&M yet again returned to the New Jersey park to begin the millennium with a bang adding Nitro, the park's tallest fastest coaster yet and another ride to fly riders through the course feet dangling but this time in 'raised' seats. Nitro became the Eastern USA's tallest coaster to thrill passengers in 2001. Of course the now, the ride is dwarfed by Kingda Ka across the park, which is currently the tallest coaster in the world, and fastest in the United States. Over 5,000 feet of shining yellow and pink track soars thrill riders over 23 stories into the sky and plunge them into a course consisting of numerous dives, steep twisting fan curves and certainly plenty of one of the main reasons hyper-coasters were invented - airtime! Nitro is in some ways a mix of first two B&M hyper coasters: Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Raging Bull at Six Flags Great Adventure’s sister park, Six Flags Great America. The ride has plenty of Apollo’s Chariot’s floater airtime, with some twister sections taken from Raging Bull, specifically the hammerhead curve and upward double helix.
The ride has received very nice reviews, and has been third place in the Golden Ticket Awards since 2007, and was fourth place in Mitch Hawkers Steel Coaster Poll in 2001 and 2002.
Nitro joins four other B&M rides at the park, two of which are mentioned above. The other two are themed after two different super heroes. First, is Superman: Ultimate Flight, the second of its type in the United States. The ride is named after Superman for a reason, because the trains are tilted back before the ride begins the layout to give riders an extra sense of flight. The other is Green Lantern, which is one of the less-appreciated Stand-up coasters. The ride was relocated from Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, and opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2011. The ride received a new paint scheme and some thematic elements to make the ride fit into its theme.
Riders begin the ride in one of the three, 9-row, 4-across trains and ride up a 230-foot high lift located on the outskirts of the park's skyline. At the top, the train immediately blasts down a steep 215 feet drop to achieve the maximum 80-mile per hour speeds before climbing up a second time and diving down a sharp 90-degree plummet. Once over the second hill, the train dives back down and rises up next to the Camelback hill providing a good moment of airtime for riders. The train then enters Nitro's Hammerhead curve which turns slightly to the left, makes a steep U-turn, and then dives back down with a second curve veering to the left. Next, riders dive back to earth and enter into a succession of two Camelback humps before diving 90 degrees to the left and entering a double upwards helix. After completing the helix, the ride enters a short block brake section, then plunges down under the second hill supports over the first of four hops, then completes a double hop and dives under the lift hill A-frame support columns for the final hop and rise onto the brake run.
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