Dragster is the new roller coaster at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio.

The much-ballyhooed roller coaster, opening to the public Sunday, soars 420 feet — a third higher than the current record holder. And it hits 120 miles per hour, nearly twice as fast as most coasters.

“This is extreme,” says Paul Ruben, an editor at Park World magazine, gazing up at the ride’s soaring red tracks. “This raises the bar for coasters worldwide.”

Until the 1980s, coasters in the 100-foot range were considered giants. And when Cedar Point launched the first coaster over 200 feet in 1989, many figured it would never be topped.
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