August 30, 2018 – Carowinds announced Copperhead Strike, a new Mack Rides double launch coaster coming to the park in 2019. It gets its name from the track layout that consists of a series of fast, tight, close-to-the-ground maneuvers. The coaster also features five head-over-heels inversions: a heartline roll, corkscrew, cutback and two vertical loops.
Copperhead Strike does not let up during its 2 minute and 24 second ride along 3,255 feet (992m) of track. The first launch out of the station goes from 0-42 mph (0-67.5 km/h) in 2.5 seconds and midway through another launch send riders from 35-50 mph (56-80 km/h) in 2 seconds through the next half of the ride.
The coaster will be built in a new 7-acre (28,328 m2) Blue Ridge Junction themed area of the park that will also be home to a Country Kitchen restaurant, with more attractions to be added in the next few years. Space that was once occupied by a waterfall, parts of the former Thunder Road wooden coaster and a former pool area were used to create Blue Ridge Junction.
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