I love roller coasters but I don’t think the Euthanasia Coaster designed by artist Julijonas Urbonas is one I would ever ride – mostly because it is designed to kill its riders.
â€œEuthanasia Coasterâ€ is a hypothetical euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster engineered to humanely â€“ with elegance and euphoria â€“ take the life of a human being. Riding the coasterâ€™s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death. Thanks to the marriage of the advanced cross-disciplinary research in aeronautics/space medicine, mechanical engineering, material technologies and, of course, gravity, the fatal journey is made pleasing, elegant and meaningful. Celebrating the limits of the human body, this â€˜kinetic sculptureâ€™ is in fact the ultimate roller coaster
The coaster would have a 510 meter drop and get you to 10 G’s (gravitational force) in 60 seconds. I must admit, however, it does sound like a pleasurable death. Julijonas’s website has a detailed description of the effects that riding the Euthanasia Coaster would have on your body.
Cause of death: Cerebral hypoxia, a lack of oxygen supply to the brain. Additional effects: Greyout â€“ a loss of color vision; Tunnel vision â€“ a loss of peripheral vision; Blackout â€“ a complete loss of vision; G-LOC â€“ g-force induced Loss Of Consciousness).