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Speed The Ride


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Speed The Ride, NASCAR Café, and Sahara Hotel & Casino closed forever on May 1, 2011. The future of this roller coaster is uncertain.

This landmark attraction at the Las Vegas Nascar Cafe launched riders on a thrilling journey at speeds of up to 70 mph. Speed The Ride uses Linear Induction Motors (LIMs) to propel the roller coaster. Starting inside the Nascar Cafe, the LIMs launch the train outside and along the Las Vegas Strip. Diving into a tunnel passengers enter a vertical loop before being propelled by the LIMs a second time to reach 70 mph. Shooting through the Sahara marquee the course soon ends with a 90-degree, 224-foot tall vertical spike that the train ascends before reversing directions. The thrills continue when the train repeats the course, this time traveling backwards.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
2000 Steel Launched Shuttle Premier Rides
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Angle Of Descent
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Inversions
    upside down elements
  • Launch
  • G-force
  • Ride Time
    45 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Number Of Trains
    1 - 24 passenger

Speed The Ride Facts & History

Launch 0 to 45 mph in two seconds.

Second launch accelerates the train from 35 mph to 70 mph in two seconds.

2012 – Disassembled and moved to storage at an empty lot in Las Vegas. Speed The Ride was intended to become an attraction at the planned London Las Vegas hotel and casino project. Construction on the resort stopped and the future of this roller coaster is unknown.

May 1, 2011-2012 – Standing-but-not-operating (SBNO)

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

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 54 inches tall

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