Nemesis (Alton Towers) - OnRide 240p01:06

Nemesis (Alton Towers) - OnRide 240p

Park Alton Towers
Status Operating
Opened March 19, 1994
Cost aprox. £10,000,000
Height restriction
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Type Steel- Inverted
Model Inverted Coaster
Riders per train 32
Riders per hour 1,400
Lift/launch system Chain Lift
Height 42 feet
Drop 104 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 2,349 feet
Duration 1:20
Inversions 4
Steepest drop 40 degrees
Maximum g-force 4G

Nemesis is a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. It opened on 19 March 1994 and was the first inverted roller coaster in Europe[1].



Zero-G Roll
Vertical Loop

  • Nemesis has 4 inversions, which twist around the ground, trees and the 'river of blood'.
  • Nemesis is built partially into the ground due to strict height restrictions.
  • Nemesis features a pre-drop, B&M design this to reduce strain on the lift hill.


Golden Ticket Awards: Best Steel Coaster
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Ranking 14 19 18 7 17 16 16 14 13 20 18 12[2] 16


The opening in 1994 of The Big One, Nemesis and Shockwave resulted in 1994 being celebrated by UK parks and fans as the "Year of the Rollercoaster".[3][4]

There were originally two other plans for Nemesis (names Secret Weapon 1 and Secret Weapon 2). The first was scrapped due to height restrictions and the second was a heartline coaster. John Wardley, designer of Nemesis, rode a prototype but found it to have a lack of energy. This is when Nemesis, or Secret Weapon 3 as it was then known, was designed

A sister coaster was built in Thorpe Park, named Nemesis Inferno, another B&M inverted coaster themed around a volcano. There is also another ride, called Nemesis: Sub Terra built in 2012. This is an ABC rides dark tower drop themed around the Nemesis creature's egg. Many special effects are used, with the tower drop element only being a small part of the entire experience.


Alton Towers Roller Coasters
Present AirNemesisOblivionRitaRunaway Mine TrainSmilerSpinball WhizzerThirteen
Former 4 Man BobAlton MouseBeastieBlack HoleCorkscrewMini AppleNew BeastThunderlooper
Concepts Secret Weapon 1 & 2unknown


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