# Is Kingda Ka the same as Top Thrill Dragster?

Mar 24, 2020

## Is Kingda Ka the same as Top Thrill Dragster?

It opened in 2003 as the tallest roller coaster in the world and the first full-circuit roller coaster to exceed 400 feet (120 m) in height. Its height record was later surpassed by Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2005. Top Thrill Dragster, along with Kingda Ka, are the only strata coasters in existence.

## How fast is Kingda Ka?

128 mph
Kingda Ka/Max speed

The world’s tallest roller coaster at 456 feet, Kingda Ka uses a hydraulic launch system to catapult riders an astonishing 128 mph up and over its top hat-shaped tower. Cresting the tower, it rockets down a 90-degree spiral drop and again bullets beyond 100 mph.

How many G’s is a Top Thrill Dragster?

However, if my math is correct, you only experience 1.44 g’s from that acceleration (120 mph = 53.645 m/s, 53.645 m/s / 3.8 s = 14.117 m/s2, 14.117 m/s2 / 9.8 m/s2 = 1.44).

Does Top Thrill Dragster rollback?

IT ROLLS BACKWARDS! Yes, on rare occasions, the train does not launch with enough speed to clear the peak of the hill and then rolls back down the hill in reverse to try again! When Top Thrill Dragster was built in 2003 it broke many records including the World’s Tallest and Fastest roller coaster!

### Is Top Thrill Dragster safe?

The actual car on Top Thrill Dragster is remarkably small, so you’ll definitely feel the rush of exposure on this roller coaster. It’s okay, though. You won’t feel unsafe! Despite using such small restraints, Cedar Point and Intamin do a great job of making you feel secure!

### How much horsepower does Top Thrill Dragster have?

As pointed out in this article, Top Thrill Dragster requires about 10,000 hp to accelerate the 12,000 lb coaster to 120 mph in less than four seconds. Therefore, it is designed to store just enough energy to launch the coaster over the 400-ft hill — any more would be wasted energy.

What makes Kingda Ka unique?

It is the world’s tallest roller coaster, the world’s second fastest roller coaster, and was the second strata coaster (over 400′ tall) ever built. Riders must be at least 54 inches (137 cm) tall. The train is launched by a hydraulic launch mechanism to 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds.

What’s the difference between Kingda Ka and Top Thrill Dragster?

Here are some facts about the similarities and the differences between the Top Thrill Dragster and the Kingda Ka roller coasters. Kingda Ka is a steel accelerator roller coaster that located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, which is found in the United States.

#### How tall is the Top Thrill Dragster in feet?

The Top Thrill Dragster has a height of 427 feet. In 2005, it was surpassed in height when they built the Kingda Ka ride that was a total of 456 feet, making it the new tallest ride in the world.

#### Where is the Kingda Ka roller coaster located?

Kingda Ka is a steel accelerator roller coaster that located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, which is found in the United States. Top Thrill Dragster is a steel accelerator roller coaster built by Intamin at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, which is also located in the United States.