TAMPA BAY, FL
A recent filing to the FAA by Busch Gardens Tampa has shed some light on one of the record breaking stats of the yet to be named hybrid coaster. The form has a height listed as 210 feet above grade for the former structure of Gwazi. The current record holder is Steel Vengeance located at Cedar Point at a height of 205 feet. The under construction version of Gwazi was revealed to be the tallest in North America, steepest, and fastest hybrid that Rocky Mountain Construction has built. The revelation that this project is now the tallest know project by RMC I think it also reveals that a yet to be announced project in Europe or Asia will exceed 210 feet.
Not much is known about this much anticipated hybrid coaster that will surely be a great addition to Busch Gardens Tampa’s lineup of thrilling attractions. Fans eager for more official information will most likely have to wait for the roller coaster to start taking shape before the park will share a full rendering or a detailed description of the layout and elements. However with the marketing material they have release and the artists rendering of the first drop it is expected to have a beyond vertical 91 degree drop, and a speed of at least 75 MPH. To achieve this speed the drop will need to exceed 200 feet, for comparison Mako at SeaWorld Orlando has a maximum speed of 73 with a 200 foot drop & Steel Vengeance goes 74 MPH with a 90 degree 200 foot drop. These stats are merely an estimate of what is likely and physically possible while we wait for more official announcements from the park including a name for their 2020 addition. As the summer of 2019 approaches the park still has not shared an opening date for this years addition of Tigris, a multi launch coaster by Premier Rides.