Maurer Söhne

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Maurer Söhne
Industry Manufacturing
Founded 1876 (1876)
Headquarters Munich, Germany[1]
Number of locations Germany, China, Turkey[1]
Area served More than 50 countries[1]
Products Amusement rides, bridges, roller coasters, steel buildings[1]
Employees 700 (2009)[1]
Divisions Maurer Rides, Structural Protection Systems, Structural Steelwork
Website www.maurer-soehne.com

Maurer Söhne is a steel construction company and roller coaster manufacturer. Founded in Munich, Germany in 1876, the company has built many styles of steel buildings, ranging from bridges, industrial buildings, and even art structures.[1] While known for building various wild mouse coasters, Maurer Söhne has been branching out into spinning, looping, and launching coasters recently. The company also produces a free-fall tower ride.

Roller coasters[edit]

The non-inverting loop element of Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit at Universal Studios Florida - a music X-Coaster.

In 1993, Maurer Söhne took over the amusement ride division of a fellow German firm, BHS.[2] BHS constructed four Schwarzkopf-designed roller coasters, working with Sansei Yusoki and Zierer in the process.[3][4][5][6] Maurer Söhne's first ride was a custom looping roller coaster called Venus GP that opened at Space World in 1996.[7][8] Since then they have produced almost 50 roller coasters including spinning, launched, racing and wild mouse roller coasters.[9][10]

One of the first types of roller coaster that Maurer Söhne manufactured was a wild mouse. The design, known as Wilde Maus Classic, was first installed as Kopermijn at Drievliet Family Park in 1996.[11] At the end of 2010, the Wilde Maus Classic design has been replicated at 13 locations around the world.[12]

In 2000, the S-Coaster was introduced by Maurer Söhne.[8] The S-Coaster is Maurer Söhne's spinning roller coaster design.[13] It is the most popular design (in terms of installations) that Maurer Söhne has ever produced with over 21 installations worldwide.[14]

Maurer Söhne's X-Coaster comes in a variety of different designs: X-Car, X-Train and SkyLoop. Under the X-Car category Maurer Söhne manufactures rides with launches,[15] vertical lifts,[16] floorless cars[17] and cars with embedded music systems.[18] An X-Train X-Coaster is one which features 4-across seating (2 seats above the track and one on either side of the track as a floorless seat). Under the SkyLoop category Maurer Söhne has a variety of models including XT 150 (150 m (490 ft) in length),[19] XT 450 (450 m (1,480 ft) in length),[20] launched[21] and custom designs.[22] The SkyLoop boasts the world's tallest inversion at 50 metres (160 ft) above the ground.[19]

Most recently, in 2010, Maurer Söhne introduced the R-Coaster. The R-Coaster is a type of racing roller coaster which features several sets of Linear Synchronous Motors on two parallel tracks. The first, and currently only, R-Coaster is Fiorano GT Challenge at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.[23][24]

Notable roller coasters[edit]

Crush's Coaster at Walt Disney Studios Park is a custom S-Coaster.
Sky Wheel at Skyline Park is a SkyLoop XT 150 X-Coaster.
Name Park Type Model Opened
Abismo Parque de Atracciones de Madrid X-Coaster SkyLoop XT450 2006 [25]
BuzzSaw Dreamworld X-Coaster SkyLoop XT150 2011 [26]
Cagliostro Rainbow MagicLand S-Coaster Xtended SC 3000 2011 [27]
Crush's Coaster Walt Disney Studios Park S-Coaster Custom 2007 [28]
Dizz Bobbejaanland S-Coaster Xtended SC 3000 2011 [29]
Dragon's Fury Chessington World of Adventures S-Coaster Xtended SC 3000 2004 [30]
Fiorano GT Challenge Ferrari World R-Coaster Custom 2010 [23]
Formule X Drievliet Family Park X-Coaster XL 1000 2007 [31]
G Force Drayton Manor Theme Park X-Coaster HBX 2000 2005 [32]
Go Bananas! Wild Adventures Wild Mouse Wilde Maus Classic 2000 [33]
Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum Six Flags New England Wild Mouse Wilde Maus Classic 2011 [34]
Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit Universal Studios Florida X-Coaster Custom 2009 [35]
Laff Trakk Hersheypark S-Coaster 2015 [36]
Rattlesnake Chessington World of Adventures Wild Mouse Wilde Maus Classic 1998 [37]
Salama Linnanmäki S-Coaster Xtended SC 3000 2008 [38]
Shock Rainbow MagicLand X-Coaster Custom 2011 [39]
Sky Wheel Skyline Park X-Coaster SkyLoop XT150 2004 [40]
Sonic Spinball Alton Towers S-Coaster Xtended SC 2200 2004 [41]
Spider Lagoon Amusement Park S-Coaster Xtended SC 2000 2003 [42]
Undertow Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk S-Coaster Unknown 2013 [43]
Venus GP Space World Looping Coaster Custom 1996 [7]
The Whirlwind Seabreeze Amusement Park S-Coaster Xtended SC 2000 2004 [44]
Winjas Phantasialand S-Coaster Xtended SC 3000 2002 [45]
X-Coaster Magic Springs and Crystal Falls X-Coaster SkyLoop XT150 2006 [46]

Maurer German Wheels[edit]

Maurer German Wheels is a subsidiary of Maurer Söhne. It manufactures the R80XL giant Ferris wheel under licence from Bussink Design.[47]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Company". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Chronology of Maurer Rides". Park World Magazine: Maurer Rides, VI. November 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Andalusia Railroad  (Kure Portopialand)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Marden, Duane. "Big Roller Coaster  (Wonder Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "Jetline  (Gröna Lund)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Lisebergbanan  (Liseberg)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Venus GP  (Space World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (Maurer Söhne roller coasters (ascending opening date))". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Marden, Duane. "Maurer Söhne". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (Maurer Söhne roller coasters (descending opening date))". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Marden, Duane. "Kopermijn  (Drievliet Family Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Marden, Duane. "Wilde Maus Classic". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "S-Coaster". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  14. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (Maurer Söhne spinning roller coasters)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "X-Car Launch Coaster". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "X-Car Vertical Coaster". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "X-Car Floorless". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "X-Car Music". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "SkyLoop XT 150". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "SkyLoop XT 450". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "SkyLoop Launch". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "SkyLoop Custom". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  23. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Fiorano GT Challenge  (Ferrari World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  24. ^ "R-Coaster". Maurer Söhne. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  25. ^ Marden, Duane. "Abismo  (Parque de Atracciones de Madrid)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  26. ^ Marden, Duane. "BuzzSaw  (Dreamworld)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  27. ^ Marden, Duane. "Cagliostro  (Rainbow MagicLand)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  28. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crush's Coaster  (Walt Disney Studios Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  29. ^ Marden, Duane. "Dizz  (Bobbejaanland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  30. ^ Marden, Duane. "Dragon's Fury  (Chessington World of Adventures)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  31. ^ Marden, Duane. "Formule X  (Drivliet Family Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  32. ^ Marden, Duane. "G Force  (Drayton Manor)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  33. ^ Marden, Duane. "Go Bananas!  (Wild Adventures)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  34. ^ Marden, Duane. "Gotham City Gauntlet Escape from Arkham Asylum  (Six Flags New England)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  35. ^ Marden, Duane. "Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit  (Universal Studios Florida)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  36. ^ Marden, Duane. "Laff Trakk  (Hersheypark)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  37. ^ Marden, Duane. "Rattlesnake  (Chessington World of Adventures)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  38. ^ Marden, Duane. "Salama  (Linnanmäki)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  39. ^ Marden, Duane. "Shock  (Rainbow MagicLand)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  40. ^ Marden, Duane. "Sky Wheel  (Skyline Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  41. ^ Marden, Duane. "Sonic Spinball  (Alton Towers)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  42. ^ Marden, Duane. "Spider  (Lagoon)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  43. ^ Marden, Duane. "Undertow  (Santa Cruz Beach Baordwalk)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  44. ^ Marden, Duane. "Whirlwind  (Seabreeze)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  45. ^ Marden, Duane. "Winjas  (Phantasialand)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  46. ^ Marden, Duane. "X-Coaster  (Magic Springs & Crystal Falls)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  47. ^ Bussink launches world's tallest transportable Ferris Wheel

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