SANDUSKY, Ohio -- A new beast is casting its towering shadow over Sandusky waiting to unleash its fury.
But Cedar Point's record-breaking Steel Vengeance roller coaster will remain dormant for several months before finally roaring to life.
“Right now we’re scheduled to start testing after the trains arrive in the early part of April of next year,” project manager Adam Pooch said in Cedar Point’s latest YouTube video. “Temperatures are real critical. If it’s not warm enough we run into problems with cold bearings, and it’s just not as conducive as it is when it’s a little bit warmer.”
Although the track construction has been complete for weeks, park officials say there’s still a lot of work to be done.
“We have the electrical to do, the control system to do and install all those devices,” Pooch continued.
He said the brakes and control systems are being developed off-site.
See photos of what Steel Vengeance will be like once it's complete:
PHOTOS | Cedar Point introduces Steel Vengeance roller coaster for 2018
Steel Vengeance takes over the space once held by the rickety Mean Streak roller coaster, and breaks a total of 10 world records.
TIMELINE | From Mean Streak to Steel Vengeance
The general public can get their first rides on Steel Vengeance during opening weekend in May 2018.
With the addition of Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point has the most roller coaster track in the world with 11.4 total miles. It’s also the only amusement park with six roller coasters taller than 200 feet.
STEEL VENGEANCE RIDE STATS
Ride time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
Maximum speed: 74 mph
Capacity: 1,200 riders per hour
Model: Hyper-hybrid (Wood-steel coaster higher than 200 feet)
Lift hill height: 205 feet
Angle of first drop: 90 degrees
Vertical drop height: 200 feet
Total track length: 5,740 feet
Ride: Three, 24-passenger trains named after ‘Wanted’ characters “Blackjack,” “Digger” and “Wild One.”
Restraints: Lap bar with redundant safety belt
Tallest hybrid roller coaster (205 feet)
Fastest hybrid roller coaster (74 mph)
Longest hybrid roller coaster (5,740 feet)
Steepest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (90 degrees)
Longest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (200 feet)
Most inversions on a hybrid coaster (4)
Fastest airtime hill on a hybrid coaster (73 mph)
Most airtime on a hybrid coaster (27.2 seconds)
Most airtime on any roller coaster (27.2 seconds)
World’s first hyper-hybrid roller coaster