- Cedar Point
- Top Thrill Dragster
Top Thrill Dragster
Top Thrill Dragster is a hydraulically-launched steel roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. Manufactured by Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel, it opened in 2003 as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, as well as the first strata coaster, which is any full-circuit roller coaster that exceeds 400 feet (120 m) in height. Top Thrill Dragster features a height of 420 feet (130 m), a maximum speed of 120 mph (190 km/h), and a total track length of 2,800 feet (850 m). Its speed and height records were surpassed in 2005 by Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Top Thrill Dragster is themed to Top Fuel drag racing, with the starting launch designed to resemble a dragstrip. The roller coaster is the second Accelerator Coaster model built by Intamin and has consistently ranked as one of the world's top steel coasters in the annual Golden Ticket Awards publication from Amusement Today. Following an incident in 2021 in which a guest was severely injured, the park closed the ride and later announced it would be replaced with a new ride experience. A modified version of Top Thrill Dragster is expected to open in 2024.