The Smiler

steel roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, United Kingdom

The Smiler is a Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. It has 14 inversions. The Smiler holds the world record for the roller coaster with the most inversions. The riders must be 140 centimetres (55 in) tall to ride the smiler. The top speed is about 53 mph (85 km/h).[1] Riders experience about the same G-Force as a drag car driver (about 4.5 Gs).[1] The Smiler had multiple delays before opening to the public including unforseen teething problems on the 23rd which delayed the opening by another 8 days. The Smiler finally opened to the public on the 31 May 2013.[2] The ride's trains are arranged in 4 individual ride cars in which seat four people, leading to a capacity of 16 riders per train. Five trains can run on the track at once, leading to a capacity of 1,000 riders per hour. On June 2nd 2015, an accident occurred where 5 people were seriously injured when the train crashed into a stalled test train in the batwing element..[3] After rigorous safety checks, the ride reopened in March 2016, and is still operating to this day with no further problems. It is perfectly safe today.

The Smiler
The Smiler trains dueling
Alton Towers
LocationAlton Towers
Park sectionX-Sector
Coordinates52°59′14″N 1°53′43″W / 52.98722°N 1.89528°W / 52.98722; -1.89528Coordinates: 52°59′14″N 1°53′43″W / 52.98722°N 1.89528°W / 52.98722; -1.89528
Opening date31 May 2013 (2013-05-31)
ReplacedThe Black Hole
General statistics
ModelInfinity Coaster
Track layoutInfinity Coaster 1170
Lift/launch system2 Chain lift systems, 2nd is vertical.
Drop98.4 ft (30.0 m)
Length3,838.6 ft (1,170.0 m)
Speed52.8 mph (85.0 km/h)
Height restriction140 cm (4 ft 7 in)
Trains4 trains with 4 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.
Fastrack available
The Smiler at RCDB
Pictures of The Smiler at RCDB

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Martin Fricker (15 May 2013). "Alton Towers' The Smiler tested: Thrill-seeking reporter tries £18million 14-loop rollercoaster". The Mirror. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  2. "Unveiled: The record-breaking 14-loop rollercoaster that combines speed and psychology to terrify riders". Daily Mail. 10 May 2013.
  3. "The Smiler". Mirror Online. MGN Limited. Retrieved 27 May 2016.