Formule X

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Formule X
Drievliet8.jpg
Formule X's first inversion
Drievliet Family Park
Coordinates 52°03′15.79″N 4°20′58.49″E / 52.0543861°N 4.3495806°E / 52.0543861; 4.3495806Coordinates: 52°03′15.79″N 4°20′58.49″E / 52.0543861°N 4.3495806°E / 52.0543861; 4.3495806
Status Operating
Opening date April 6, 2007
General statistics
Type Steel – Launched
Manufacturer Maurer Söhne
Model XL 1000
Lift/launch system LSM Launch
Height 50 ft (15 m)
Length 1,150 ft (350 m)
Speed 45 mph (72 km/h)
Inversions 2
Duration 27 sec.
Capacity 650 riders per hour
Acceleration 6 - 45 mph in 2 seconds
Height restriction 51 in (130 cm)
Formule X at RCDB
Pictures of Formule X at RCDB

Formule X is a Maurer Söhne X-Car roller coaster at Drievliet amusement park in The Hague, the Netherlands. It opened on April 6, 2007. Formule X was the first X-car coaster to have a LSM launch.

Technical information[edit]

The coaster is 50 feet (15 m) tall and 1,150 feet (350 m) long. It contains two never-before-seen inversions and a 135° over-banked turn. There are two trains which can each hold 6 passengers. The LSM launch accelerates from 15 – 70 km/h (6 - 45 mph) in just 2 seconds. The ride has small dimensions in comparison to other rides: the ride is build on a 50 by 50 meter surface (160 by 160 feet). Formule X can handle 650 passengers an hour.

Ride experience[edit]

The ride starts with a right turn exiting the station. Immediately, a launch causes acceleration from 6 mph (9.7 km/h) to 45 mph (72 km/h) in 2 seconds, entering an Immelman loop. After this first inversion, the train enters a horseshoe turn, followed by an airtime hill. Next, the train maneuvers through a second inversion, a combination of a half-corkscrew and half of a heartline roll. The train then goes through a 135° overbanked turn, and finally enters the brake run.

Theming[edit]

Formule X has little theming. It has some traffic lights counting down for launch, and a few wheels and petrol barrels are spread over the terrain.