Expedition GeForce

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Expedition GeForce
Rollercoaster expedition geforce holiday park germany.jpg
Holiday Park, Germany
Coordinates 49°19′12″N 8°17′42″E / 49.320°N 8.295°E / 49.320; 8.295Coordinates: 49°19′12″N 8°17′42″E / 49.320°N 8.295°E / 49.320; 8.295
Status Operating
Opening date June 18, 2001
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Werner Stengel
Height 173 ft (53 m)
Drop 184 ft (56 m)
Length 4,002.7 ft (1,220.0 m)
Speed 74.6 mph (120.1 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:15
Max vertical angle 82°
Capacity 1300 riders per hour
G-force 4.5
Height restriction 55 in (140 cm)
Expedition GeForce at RCDB
Pictures of Expedition GeForce at RCDB

Expedition GeForce is a steel roller coaster located at Holiday Park in Haßloch, Germany. It is one of the largest roller coasters in Europe and has an 82 degree first drop. The trains travel up to 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph) through a course 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) long with seven periods of weightlessness. At its highest, the ride reaches 53 metres (174 ft) above ground.

Until the opening of Silver Star at Europa Park, it was the tallest roller coaster operating on the European mainland.

Ride information[edit]

The ride opened on June 18, 2001 to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Holiday Park's operation, costing approximately €10 million. It has a maximum throughput of 1,300 riders per hour, with two 28-seater trains in operation. The track rests on 209 foundations, which are up to 20 metres deep.

It was constructed by Swiss manufacturers Intamin, which markets this type of coaster as Mega Coaster, in collaboration with German engineer Werner Stengel. Unlike many other coasters, the ride does not employ a conventional chain lift but a faster cable lift with a catch car, very similar to the system used for Millennium Force. It is one of the prebuilt rides in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and NoLimits.

Ride layout[edit]

From the station, the trains ascend the 188 feet (57 m) lift hill and encounter the first drop, which at 82°, makes a 74° right-hand turn. The ride continues with several large hills, which give a sensation of air-time, especially in the rear of the trains, and a number of overbanked turns, before becoming more twisted as the ride runs through woods and over a lake. Just before entering the brake run, the trains negotiate a series of bunny hops, again giving riders considerable amounts of air-time.

Vehicles[edit]

The coaster has two trains of seven cars each. Each car seats two across in two rows. The trains are stainless steel with stadium-style seating. Each seat has an individual lap bar.

Incident[edit]

On April 28, 2010 a train full of passengers came to a sudden stop when one of the cars derailed just after completing the ride's first drop. Firefighters evacuated all riders, none were seriously injured.

Rankings[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Ranking --[1] 8[2] 3[3] 4[4] 6[5] 6[6] 6[7] 5[8] 6[9] 6[10] 7[11] 6[12] 3[13] 3[14]
Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best steel-Tracked Roller Coaster[15]
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 2 1 1 1 1 (tie) 2 2 3 3 2 No poll 1 1

Media[edit]

Expedition GeForce is featured in the computer game Roller Coaster Tycoon 3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. August 2001. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. September 2002. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2003. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 18–19B. September 2004. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 11 (6.2): 36–37. September 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 12 (6.2): 36–37. September 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 13 (6.2): 32–33. September 2009. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 14 (6.2): 34–35. September 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 15 (6.2): 38–39. September 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 16 (6.2): 36–37. September 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2013 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 17 (6.2): 34–35. September 2013. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2014 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 18 (6.2): 46–47. September 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ Hawker, Mitch. "Steel Roller Coaster Poll 13 Year Results Table (1999–2013)". Best Roller Coaster Poll. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 

External links[edit]