When this roller coaster debuted in 2008 it featured the world's steepest drop. Steel Hawg is a compact coaster with some aggressive elements like a 111-degree beyond-vertical first drop, tight turns, and unusual banking maneuvers. Two-car trains that seat four passengers navigate the more than 1,200 feet of track reaching a top speed of 41 miles per hour. The outward banking turn on the ride developed by designer Alan Schilke is cool looking, but awkward when experienced.
The Indiana Beach installation which was S&S's first El Loco model was announced to have a 120-degree first drop, but before opening the angle was reduced to 111-degrees.
S&S Power El Loco Vertical Thrill model
Features: 120-degree First Drop, Wall Turn, 45-degree Tip Out, Inverted Drop, Outside 360-degree Roll
Opening date: July 5, 2008
Individual car has two rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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