RACING COASTERS

Lightning Racer Hersheypark
Lightning Racer at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania, USA.

The Original Wooden Racing Coasters

Racer Kings Island
Racer at Kings Island in Ohio, USA.

A racing coaster is just that. Two tracks run alongside each other and travel the same distance. The trains race against each other to see who can make the finish line first. Most racing coasters use an Out and Back design to insure the riders of the separate trains remain in site of each other. These coasters are exciting and superb fun, especially with a group of friends split between the two trains.

Operating example:

Racer at Kings Island, USA
American Eagle at Six Flags Great America
Monstre at La Ronde, Canada
Rebel Yell at Kings Dominion, USA

 

Dueling Variation

Lightning Racer Hersheypark
Lightning Racer at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania, USA.

Some racing coasters have dueling elements where the track will dash close, cross over or under each other and speed away. Some also have “fly-by” elements where the trains speed towards each other on their separate tracks. These models are often referred to as dueling coasters.

Operating examples:

Joris en de Draak at Efteling, Netherlands
Stampida at PortAventura Park, Spain
Lightning Racer at Hersheypark, USA

 

Steel Variation

Fiorano GT Challenge Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Fiorano GT Challenge at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E.

Like wooden Out and Back coasters that have steel counterparts, there are a couple of steel racing coasters. One is Gemini at Cedar Point in Ohio, USA, which is an Arrow Dynamics steel hybrid racing coaster. Another is Fiorano GT Challenge at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E., which is a Maurer steel racing coaster.