I haven't been on a roller coaster ride in years. They no longer appeal to me like they use to. Pretty soon though, my kids are going to be old enough to want to ride a coaster. It is interesting to think that roller coasters like the innovative hybrid one below may be in their eco-friendly future.
In the fascinating video below you will watch a group of people design a rollercoaster prototype out of 2011 Prius parts: batteries, engine, wires, etc. The Pries is taken apart bit by bit and then converted into a roller coaster. The idea came about thanks to teamwork between Deepicol and Toyota.
The purpose of the idea is to discover if the Hybrid Synergy Drive® system could be used to "generate enough power during the braking of a roller coaster to power other things often found in an amusement park" (Toyota). A track is built in the shop to test the theory out. Take a look at the video for the results.
To find out more information visit Toyota.
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