Carowinds is adding another ride for its 2015 season – Sling Shot.
Sling Shot has a pair of cables will that catapult a two-person capsule nearly 300-feet into the air at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. After some brief weightlessness, riders will zoom back toward the ground, often rotating head-over-heels and bouncing up and down until they come to rest at the launch point, according to park officials.
The will be a separate charge to ride Sling Shot. The cost has not been determined, park officials said.
SlingShot is the second new ride at Carowinds for 2015. Crews are currently installing Fury 325, a roller coaster with a 325-foot, 81-degree drop. Fury’s top speed is 95 miles per hour, park officials have said.
"Carowinds will be a destination for thrill-seekers," said Mike Fehnel, Carowinds' vice president and general manager. "We'll have two of the 10 tallest rollercoasters in North America, a total of 14 roller coasters – which is something that only three parks worldwide can top – and now we'll have two new ways for riders to scream with joy at roughly 300 feet in the air."
Like Fury 325, SlingShot will be visible for several miles, renewing the park's skyline along Interstate 77.
The new rides are part of a planned $50 million multi-year investment plan.