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Kings Island's Racer is an "out and back" traditional wooden racing coaster with two tracks that mirror each other. It's also credited for beginning the second golden age of the roller coaster. In 1982, the trains on one track were turned around to travel backwards, making Racer the first backwards racing coaster in the world.

Racer begins after ascending the eight-story lift hill with a straight drop. In traditional out and back fashion, the layout has multiple hills on the way out until reaching the turnarounds and then the trains race back to the station with more air-time hills.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1972 Wood Out and Back Racer John Allen, PTC

Roller Coaster Stats

  • Angle Of Descent: 50°
  • Drop: 83 feet
  • Height: 88 feet
  • Length: 3,415 feet
  • Trains: 4 - 30 passenger
  • Ride Time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
  • Top Speed: 53.3 mph
  • Train Mfg: Philadelphia Toboggan Co.

Racer Facts & History

1982-2007 – Trains on one track raced backwards.

Ride capacity: 1,320 passengers per hour, per side

Estimated cost: $1.2 million

Train has five cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Ride capacity: 2,640 passengers per hour

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 44 inches tall

Where to Coast

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