HangTime roller coaster
A rendering of the HangTime roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm.

If you love dizzying, gravity-defying roller-coaster terror that could make you sick, Knott’s Berry Farm has got a ride for you.

A steel roller coaster billed as the only dive coaster on the West Coast will open at Knott’s Berry Farm for the 2018 summer season, according to theme park officials.

HangTime will tower 150 feet over the Boardwalk area, showcasing gravity- defying inversions, mid-air suspensions and twisting dive tracks, according to Jon Storbeck, Knott’s Berry Farm vice president and general manager.

HangTime will send riders up a vertical lift hill into a raised 96- degree drop, the steepest drop in California, Storbeck said.

The coaster’s train will come to a halt once the highest peak is reached, and will leave riders suspended at the crest for several seconds at a 60-degree angle, giving the illusion of a disappearing track, Storbeck said.

The train will then suddenly descend in a beyond-vertical drop, through 2,198 feet of steel track and five gravity-defying inversions, Storbeck said.

HangTime will be the second roller coaster in the Western Hemisphere to feature a negative-g stall loop, which gives riders the sensation of floating, Storbeck said.

“HangTime’s disappearing track creates a memorable illusion of the unknown as riders feel like they are hanging over a cliff, staring at the ground in nervous anticipation,” Storbeck said.

—City News Service

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