TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The newest roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa will use magnets to propel it from 0-to-60 mph in 4 seconds.
The theme park said this week that the Cheetah Hunt coaster will open May 27 in the center of an exhibit featuring live cheetahs. The park is pouring more than $20 million into the new 3 1/2-minute ride and seven-acre exhibit.
Power surges created by magnetic linear induction motors propel the coaster uphill at three different places along the 4,429-foot track. The ride is 102 feet at its highest point.
Busch Gardens said 90 percent of the track is installed and 12 of the 14 cheetahs have arrived for the exhibit. It's been in the works for the last year and a half.
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