Smaller mobile version of Euro Fighter
For Gerstlauer, the company from Southern Germany which
started building roller coasters in 1997 with the Bobsled
Coaster for Tripsdrill, 2004 is the most successful
year in their personal history - Not less than six roller coasters
have left the company site in Bavarian Münsterhausen this
year. Two of them are further versions of the Bobsled Coaster
- a mixture of a Wild Mouse and parts with extremely banked
curves -, others are completely new developed spinning
coasters and finally there is another version of the Euro
The last-mentioned attraction, the looping coaster Typhoon
for Belgian Bobbejaanland, is featured in our exclusive
series of articles since October last year. It gives an overview
on the development and the production of this coaster, from the
first idea to the grand opening.
Very impressive was the detailed model of this looping coaster
which was presented to the public for the first time during the
Euro Amusement Show. Typhoon will open to the
visitors in April, further projects with the initial drop
of 97 degrees are being prepared for 2005.
Spinning Coaster layout for Cedar Fair
Among other feasibility studies Siegfried Gerstlauer
presented a transportable design, and with a footprint of 55 x 28
meters this version of Euro Fighter is significantly
smaller than Typhoon. The 470 meters of track will feature
two inversions: A heartline roll will pass through
the vertical loop and at the same time acts as a shift in
direction between two extremely banked curves. Standing
almost 26 meters tall, the layout reaches the same height as the
one for Belgium. Five cars can negotiate the twisted track at the
With two identical versions of the spinning coaster Gerstlauer
enters the middle segment with another concept that is very
popular right now. The well-known Cedar Fair Group ordered
this duo for their destinations Worlds of Fun and Camp
Snoopy, both located in the US.
The basic concept of a spinning coaster has already been
implemented by Gerstlauer at the end of the 90s. Instead
of a train there are now single cars with four seats, arranged in
rows two by two facing each other.
This is supposed to increase interaction among the passengers.
Timberland Twister, being 16.5 meters high and 410 meters
long, has been especially designed for the indoor park Camp
Snoopy at the famous Mall of America in Minnesota and
interacts with an existing chair swing ride and a family
coaster by German company Zierer.
Another impressive coaster heads to wildlife and amusement park
Klotten near Cochem, Germany. The customized Bobsled
Coaster is the initial phase of construction there, in the
next two years a log flume by Mack and a huge volcano to
complete the theming will follow.
The top of the lift hill in a height of 17.5 meters will
be hidden in the volcano, while the 530 meters of track are
integrated into the natural park. The ride leads through
artificial tunnels made from natural stone, and the four
camelbacks are integrated into a six meters deep canyon.
Further projects for 2004 are a kiddy coaster for Legoland
California in the US, which is identical to the version at
Legoland Günzburg in Germany, and a very compact Bobsled
Coaster for Lagun Asia at Gamagori, Japan. In
addition, Gerstlauer will provide two trains and
electrical components for Falken at Danish Farup
Sommerland. The responsible prime contractor for this wooden
coaster is S&S Power Inc. from the US.