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Model maker Adam Throgmorton demonstrates a fully functioning, beautifully constructed, deeply satisfying to watch doing its thing, tabletop rollercoaster.

For ants.


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An animated preview of the Valravn Birdseye rollercoaster, designed and built by Swiss engineers Bolliger & Mabillard. The massive ‘dive coaster’ opens next summer at which point Cedar Point theme park in Ohio will break ten world records at once. To wit:

Tallest dive (223 feet); fastest dive (75 mph); longest dive (3,415 feet); most inversions on a dive coaster (three); longest drop (214 feet); highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet); most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5); most rides at one amusement park (72); most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles) and longest total roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles).



Tayto Park General Manager Charles Coyle and Tayto Park founder Raymond Coyle

This morning.

We found love, so don’t hide it.

The unveiling of the first stages of what will be Europe’s largest inverted rollercoaster  in Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

Tayto Park opens it’s doors again on Thursday, March 26 and organisers say the rollercoaster will be ready by the Summer”.

Take that, so called King Crisps.

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

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The gut-wrenching 4th Dimension rollercoaster ‘Dinoconda’ at China Dinosaurs Park in Changzhou, Jiangsu, which starts in reverse, then rockets along a twisty track while simultaneously spinning the riders in their seats.

Stick around after the initial, disconcerting two-minute POV for further cookie-tossing perspectives.


batt1 batt2 batt3 batt4A frankly brilliant proposal to turn the (abandoned since 1983) Battersea Power Station in London into a museum surrounded by an epic rollercoaster track.

Of the design concept, which won top prize in the ArchTriumph Museum of Architecture competition, Parisian architectural firm Atellier Zundel Cristea sez:

Our project puts the power station on centre stage, the structure itself enhancing the site through its impressive scale, its architecture, and its unique brick material. Our created pathway links together a number of spaces for discovery: the square in front of the museum, clearings, footpaths outside and above and inside, footpaths traversing courtyards and exhibition rooms. The angles and perspectives created by the rail’s pathway, through the movement within and outside of the structure, place visitors in a position where they can perceive simultaneously the container and its contents, the work and nature.


You’ll like this.

Buenos Aires Inception Park: a brilliantly executed greenscreen overlay directed by Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films.

RELATED: The Best Fairground Ride You’ll Never See.



A few weeks ago, we posted on the final construction of the world’s steepest rollercoaster: the €26.3 million Takabisha (meaning ‘dominant’) at Japan’s Fuji-Q Highland Amusement park. The ride opens this weekend, but here’s a first person POV of the entire 112 second, 100kph experience.

Lose your chips for just €8.80.



The Takabisha rollercoaster, opening mid-July at Japan’s Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park, features seven major twists, over 1000 metres of track and a 130 foot drop at 121 degrees.

Yay! Whooo! Bloooargh!


Julijonas Urbonas, a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, has designed a rollercoaster that will kill its riders with a series of carefully calibrated, sensitively sequenced brain-scrambling loops:

“Euthanasia Coaster” is a hypothetical euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death. Thanks to the marriage of the advanced cross-disciplinary research in aeronautics, space medicine, mechanical engineering, material technologies and, of course, gravity, the fatal journey is made pleasing, elegant and meaningful.