Dollywood Shows Off New Coaster “Lightning Rod”

Dollywood’s new coaster “Lightning Rod” is the world’s fastest wooden coaster according to Dollywood.

Lightening Rod has a drop of 165 feet and is almost a mile long.

“You will crest the hill; there is a false drop; you will come back up over a hill, and by the time you hit the bottom of a 165-foot drop on the other side of the ridge, you will be going 73 mph,” says Pete Owens, Dollywood’s director of communications. “That makes this the fastest wooden coaster in the world.”

Instead of a chain-lift mechanism for launching , Lightning Rod will use linear synchronous motors to propel cars up the first hill at 45 mph.K0012679233--76062

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