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Japan's Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park to open "world's steepest rollercoaster"

Takabisha rollercoaster artwork

The Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Japan is set to open the world's steepest rollercoaster, featuring a 121-degree "beyond-vertical" first drop.

The Independent reports that the Takabisha coaster will break the current record, which is held by Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingo Land in the UK. The new ride's drop will be 9 degrees steeper than Mumbo Jumbo's, with the coaster standing at 141-feet-tall. The Guiness Book of Records has been invited to certify the ride's record-breaking feature.

Takabisha is due to open on July 16, and will feature seven inversions and a launch section in its 1000-meter-long circuit. A Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter model similar to those seen at other theme parks all over the world, it will also feature tunnel sections that send riders into complete darkness.

The official teaser video for Takabisha is embedded below, along with a video that shows the coaster undergoing testing:

Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park is located in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, near the base of Mount Fuji. It features a range of intense rollercoasters, as well as what it claims is "the world's largest haunted attraction", The Haunted Hospital.

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