SeaWorld Orlando has unveiled the custom-built shark-themed lead car that will take riders on the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Orlando this summer.
The Mako roller coaster’s design and engineering, was inspired by the real Mako shark, one of the ocean’s fastest shark species. When it opens, Mako will top 200 feet high and reach speeds of 73 MPH on a track that’s nearly a mile long. The new ride will be a hypercoaster, which means it’s all about speed, tight turns and that weightless feeling riders get at the top of each hill.
In a collaboration between SeaWorld’s animal experts and ride engineers, the car is inspired by the physiology of an actual Mako shark, including five gills on each side, eye placement and a hydro-dynamic look. The wheels are comprised of a special compound that reduces friction, providing a smooth and fast ride from beginning to end. With only a lap guard on their lower body, riders’ upper bodies are free for added mobility.
The coaster will feature a total of 21 cars, including 3 trains of 7 cars per train. Each row will seat 4 people.