We know the $25 million Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster at the CedarPoint amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio is fast. But when you're suddenly thrust 420 feet in the air to a speed of 120mph, just what kind of acceleration are you experiencing in terms of 0-60 times? Car and Driver magazine mounted a Racelogic Vbox testing rig in the front car, and shot this video.
This awesome roller coaster isn't the tallest or fastest in the world, but still, the thing goes 0 to 60 in 1.2 seconds, and 0 to 120 in 2.8 seconds. That's got to be some neck-snapping acceleration.
That's faster than almost any car or motorcycle on the road. It's so fast that the Vbox gets thoroughly confused. Although the live display was flummoxed by those g forces, somehow the testers were able extract the data afterward. Top Thrill? Accurately named.