Olympia Looping

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Olympia Looping
Muenchen-Oktoberfest-bjs2005-02.jpg
Full layout at night
Opening date September 17, 1989
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf
Designer Werner Stengel
Lift/launch system Drive tire lift hill
Height 110 ft (34 m)
Drop 99 ft (30 m)
Length 4,101 ft (1,250 m)
Speed 52 mph (84 km/h)
Inversions 5
Duration 1:45
Max vertical angle 52°
G-force 5.2
Height restriction 45 in (114 cm)

Olympia Looping is a portable steel roller coaster built by Anton Schwarzkopf. It is the largest portable roller coaster in the world, and the only one with 5 loops. It appears at many carnivals in Germany, most notably the Oktoberfest, where it made its debut in 1989. It is named for its 5 vertical loops, which resemble the Olympic rings. Although they are clothoid-shaped, their shape is closer to circular than the loops on most other roller coasters, so they exert unusually high g-forces on the passengers (up to 5.2 g[1]). The entire structure weighs 900 tons and requires a space 85 m wide by 36 m deep.

Incidents[edit]

On September 27, 2008, a driving motor failed on the ride, stranding over 20 Oktoberfest attendees at the top of the first hill. They were freed with the help of the Munich fire department.[2]

Awards[edit]

Olympia Looping's full layout from the Ferris wheel

Olympia Looping was ranked in the Steel Roller Coasters Poll 11 Year Results Table awards from 1999 to 2010. Below is the table of the rankings of the traveling roller coaster.

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best Steel-Tracked Roller Coaster
Year 1999 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Ranking
14[3]
16[3]
43[3]
48[3]
68[3]
56[3]
37[3]
53[3]
46[3]
83[3]
57[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympia Looping homepage (in German)". Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  2. ^ "tz-online.de". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Best Steel Roller Coaster Poll 11 year results table". BestRollerCoasterPoll.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012.