The most popular Eurofighter layout and a record breaking drop: part 6 of our look at the Steepest Coasters

The most popular layout is the 320 meters layout that fits in a small compact area and has the option of an additional 41 meters helix at the end of the ride.  The first one was Rage at Adventure Island (Southend On Sea, United Kingdom) in 2007 and it included the helix.  One underestimated aspect of the Eurofighter is how silent they are: one of the owners of Canobie Lake Park (Salem, NH) visited Adventure Island, and he was utterly amazed at the lack of sound coming from Rage.  Canobie has severe planning restrictions, and he was able to get planning permission for a Eurofighter 320+ model like Rage at the park.

The Cabin Crew portion of http://www.californiacoasterkings.com/ provided us with the following pictures of Rage at Adventure Island.  Those were found on the old Thrillography site and you can now follow their adventures at http://www.californiacoasterkings.com/cabincrewcoasterkings/

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An overview of the very compact layout.

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A train coming down the 97° drop.

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The vertical loop.

The 320 and 320+ models feature a very compact layout and depending on the site available; the helix can be included or not to keep it a neat rectangular shape or not.  After leaving the station, one of the three train’s leaves the station and turns to the right or left depending on the client needs.  It is pushed up the 72 feet tall lift hill and at the top goes down the 97-degree drop.  An intense 4.5G Vertical Loop is the first inversion, and it is immediately followed by what Gerstlauer calls an “Immelmann.”  The Gerstlauer version of that element Immelmann consists of a very tight overbanked curve that inverts its riders.  For the recent Adrenaline Peak installation at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, the Immelmann is called a Cutback.

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Untamed at Canobie Lake Park received its own themed area, Big Bear Plaza.  You can see the loop and Immelman in the background.

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Untamed features a beautiful loading station.

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The beautiful ride cars.

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A train going up the vertical lift hill.

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A train in the middle of the Immelman.

After the second inversion, the train rises into a banked curve that smoothly transitions into the third inversion, a Heartline Roll.  Now, on the 320+ model, an upward rising helix concludes the ride, which is the + in that model name.  In the standard 320, the train dives to the ground exiting the Roll and then sharply rise in the final brakes, thrilling riders in its way.

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An Untamed train in the middle of the Heartline Roll.

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Ride Entertainment provided us with this promotional picture of Adrenaline Peak at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, OR.  http://www.rideentertainment.com/

The king of the Eurofighter is without a shadow of a doubt Takabisha.  Located at the famous Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Japan, this Eurofighter 1000 broke records when it opened in 2011 and like Fluch Von Novgorod, integrated both the vertical lift hill/beyond vertical drop and strong launch.  The ride name stands for “Dominant,” and the ride starts with a heartline roll in the dark under the station.  The car is then slowed a little before dropping down into the LSM launch section.

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Our friend Flex provided us with this picture of the loading station and ride car of Takabisha.

What follows is the most imaginative inversion fest anyone had ever seen.  A stretched out Corkscrew/Loop hybrid maneuver, the first “Banana Roll,” another long corkscrew and an S turn leads the train toward the lift hill.

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A look at the very compact and twisted layout, courtesy of our friend Flex.

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The train in the second inversion after the launch.

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When we visited the park in January 2017, we were lucky enough to see the splendors of Mount Fuji from the park.  In the morning, there were no clouds and we were able to take this incredible shot of Takabisha and Mount Fuji in the background.

After climbing up the 141 feet lift hill, the train then goes down a small section of track where brakes are mounted.  The train inches toward the edge of the 121° drop and no one knows when the brakes will let the train go.  The train then dives toward the ground and into another weird series of inversion:  Dive Loop, Top Hat, and Immelmann.  The ride then concludes with the final brakes back into the station.

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The lift hill peaking out from above the Food Stadium food court and to the right, Fujiyama, the tallest and fastest gravity roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1996.

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As you can see in this picture from Flex, the park is open in winter and you can ride rollercoasters with snow on the ground.  This shows the amazing flexibility of this Gerstlauer ride system since when we visited in January 2017, it was barely above freezing and Takabisha ran all day without any issues.

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A close-up of the lift hill from Flex.

The ride stands out a lot at the park, and it is beyond what anyone has ever seen for a roller coaster.  The ride is also more compact than what we expected, and for that reason and many others, a near clone of Takabisha is currently being installed at the American Dream Meadowlands mall in East Rutherford, NJ.  It will be located indoors in its dedicated area and to make things even more insane than they were in Japan, a custom spinning roller coaster from Gerstlauer was also designed to intertwine with it.  One slight design change: the drop will now be 122°, capturing that world record.

Ride Entertainment represents and installs Gerstlauer attraction in the Western Hemisphere, and when asked if the Gerstlauer Eurofighter 1000 under construction in New Jersey would feature lap bar restraints, Adam Sandy explained that it was impossible with the Gerstlauer ride vehicle.  Basically, due to the more compact ride cars and what is required to be mounted under the train when both a lift hill and launch is present on the same ride, Gerstlauer cannot move the hydraulic restraint system under the car.  So, it has to remain behind each rider in that specific case and so, over the shoulder restraints are required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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