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Looking for a thrill? You're not the only one. You'll find kindred spirits at airfields going up for a skydive, atop bridges and towers with bungees attached to their feet and standing in line for roller coasters at the local amusement park. But you'll also find them in the paddock at the racing circuit.

So what's the commonality? G-force. It's like gravity, only in each of these cases, it's experienced by human invention. But which activity subjects your body to the greatest amount of g-force? That's what Nissan set to find out.

Before putting them back in the cockpit, Nismo sent out two of its young hot-shoes – Jann Mardenborough and Mark Shulzhitskiy – to an amusement park in the UK with a camera and a g-force meter to find out if any of the coasters could produce as much lateral gravitational force as an LMP2 racing car. See what they found in the pair of videos, below.


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Jul. 14, 2014
Race car vs. roller coaster: NISMO athletes conduct G force test to see which is more demanding

CHESSINGTON, England – How do race cars compare to theme park roller coasters when it comes to G force?

Before recently driving in LM P2 cars at Le Mans, Nissan NISMO athletes Jann Mardenborough and Mark Shulzhitskiy went to find out.

Which is a bigger strain to the body? And more importantly, which is more exciting? Mardenborough and Shulzhitskiy find out.


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      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy last names.
      ksrcm
      • 1 Year Ago
      They hinted at it, but here's the huge difference between the two, regardless of the g forces they are pulling: 1) You have NO control on a roller coaster making it extremely difficult to manage for people who take even street cars on the track 2) Chances of getting hurt on a roller coaster are infinitesimal. Adrenalin released at half (or less) g's on a track is significantly higher because you KNOW you can die in every corner. Thus ... racetrack wins by a HUGE margin. Even if you drive your daily driver on it - at least at 8/10ths, of course.
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fighter jet.
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Top Thrill launch is not all that much g force but their are others there at will pull near 4G in some turns. The Raptor at the end and the Maverick are pretty High G. You will find the faster coasters are not all that high of G but the slower tighter ones are much higher. Few will surpass 4G as few people will walk straight after the ride as it will disorient their equilibrium. I had this once after a ride in a stunt plane. He pulled enough G force that I was a little disoriented for a while once back on the ground. That is often 5G and higher. Top Trills thrill is the speed as it on a good weather day can near 125 MP and the wind in the front cars will push the skin back on you cheeks. I love the ride but the Raptor is still my favorite.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio has a pretty intense launch: 0-120mph in 3.8 seconds. I think it has been surpassed by the newest coaster at Ferrari World. Speaking of which, if these guys wanted to compare a car to a roller coaster, shouldn't they have done the Ferrari one?
        DGD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        That's 1.43953874478838 G. http://www.smartconversion.com/unit_calculation/Acceleration_calculator.aspx
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