The Cú Chulainn Coaster, Europe’s largest wooden roller-coaster, has opened in Ireland’s Tayto Park.
Not for the faint-hearted, we’d leave eating the packets of Tayto until after you’ve braved its dizzying heights of 32.05 meters and 31 meter plunges, all at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour.
The park worked in close collaboration with a UCD research team to put together the perfect coaster based on the one of Ireland’s most heroic figures but looking at these videos, we wonder if Cú Chulainn himself would be brave enough to endure its heart-racing acrobatics.
The rollercoaster tosses and turns along for 1,400 meters. That’s the equivalent of 8,255 Tayto crisp packets laid out end-to-end. Featuring 14 turns and plenty of air-time, the coaster races through its course in just over a minute.
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The roller coaster is a pure mass of wood, using over 800,000kgs of yellow pine wood used, more than 100 tonnes of steel and collectively over 700,000 nails and bolts in its construction.
Work began on the coaster last August and it is the only wooden roller coaster in the world with an inversion (turns riders upside down and then turns them right side up again). Tayto Park worked with American engineers at The Gravity Group, Ohio and over 70 builders to but the ride together.
Speaking at the coaster’s opening Tayto Park's founder Raymond Coyle said "We are so thrilled to officially open The Cú Chulainn Coaster to the public today. The work and planning that has gone into this project started as an idea many years ago, so to see it finally stand here at just over 32 meters high, is a real privilege.
“We are aiming to give our visitors the very best experience that they can have at Tayto Park and our investment in our attractions this year will hopefully entice people from Ireland and abroad to visit Co. Meath. We believe in Tayto Park and we absolutely believe that it stands alone in Ireland when offering all day entertainment and value for families and people of all ages".
Tayto park is now in its fifth season since its opening in 2010. Throughout this time, it has expanded enormously and 2015 has already seen the arrival of eight new attractions including “Air Race”, the “Rotator,” the “Sky Tower” and Ireland’s only 5d cinema.
Cú Chulainn Coaster has already been reviewed by roller coaster enthusiast website Coasterforce and they certainly seem impressed with what Ireland has to offer.
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