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Ride this record-breaking roller coaster in VR before it opens to the public

Ride this record-breaking roller coaster in VR before it opens to the public

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US theme park Cedar Point has unveiled its next roller coaster: the 223-foot tall, 75 mph, multi-record-breaking Valravn. (See below for a full list of the records in question.) Named after a supernatural raven of Danish folklore which gains powers after consuming those killed in battle, the coaster will open to visitors in 2016, but keen would-be riders can try a virtual reality experience of Valravn from today. A dedicated app is available on both Apple's App Store and Google Play, letting anyone with a pair of smartphone-ready VR goggles take a ride on the coaster.

The VR experience is an odd one, though. Although Cedar Point has included details such as the 4-second hang at the top of Valravn's first drop ("giving anxious guests unparalleled views of the park before free-falling a record 214 feet at a completely vertical, 90-degree angle") they've forgotten to render any actual people. This wouldn't be that weird apart from the fact they have included background audio, including the murmurs, screams, and woops of other passengers. The end effect is of a ghost roller coaster with a final twist: look down into your seat and there's no one there either.

And for those keeping score, here's the list of the records Valravn will be breaking:

  • 1. Tallest dive coaster (223 feet)
  • 2. Fastest dive coaster (75 mph)
  • 3. Longest dive coaster (3,415 feet)
  • 4. Most inversions on a dive coaster (three)
  • 5. Longest drop on a dive coaster (214 feet)
  • 6. Highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet)
  • 7. Most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5)
  • 8. Most rides at one amusement park (72)
  • 9. Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles)
  • 10. Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles)