Carowinds, in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the installation of the first double launch roller coaster in the Carolinas. Copperhead Strike, from Mack Rides GmbH & Co KG, will deliver twice the boost and twice the bite.
The ride immediately leaves the station and goes into a "jo-jo roll" before loading into the launch station. After pausing, the ride will take off at an incredible 0 to 42 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Riders will experience a series of fast, tight, close-to-the-ground maneuvers and flip upside down in five head-over-heels inversions -- the most of any double launch coaster in North America. Midway through the ride, a second accelerated launch will send riders into the next half of the run.
Copperhead Strike provides a 2-minute 24-second ride along 3,255 feet of steel track.
Coaster Type: Double launch coaster
Launching System: Linear synchron Motor (LSM)
Number of Launches: 2
First Launch: From 0 to 42 mph in 2.5 seconds
Second Launch: From 35 mph to 50 mph in 2 seconds
Number of Inversions: 5
Height Requirement: 52 inches
Riders per Train: 16
Read all the details, and view animated video of Copperhead Strike here.