Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter

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The vertical lift and 'beyond vertical' drop on a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter.

The Euro-Fighter is a type of steel roller coaster developed by Gerstlauer. First launched in 2003, the trademark feature of the roller coaster is its beyond-vertical drop, which reaches an angle greater than 90 degrees. Although the majority of Euro-Fighters are custom designed for each installation, every design so far has included the trademark drop. A number of different track elements are possible, including vertical loops, diving loops and barrel rolls. Almost all Euro-Fighter models have a vertical chain-driven lift hill, although LSM launch systems are also available.

Riders are transported in individual cars around the track, which feature two rows of four seats. Two exceptions are Huracan at the Belantis amusement park in Germany and Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia, which both feature cars similar to those used on Gerstlauer's launched roller coasters. The cars have over-the-shoulder restraints and may be themed (to an extent) according to the customer's requirements. Dare Devil Dive's cars were the first to use a new lap-bar only restraint system.

Fluch von Novgorod, located at Hansa Park in Germany, was the first Euro-Fighter to incorporate both a vertical lift and an LSM launch in the same circuit.[1]

Installations[edit]

Name Model Park Opened Status
Vild-Svinet Model 500/8 BonBon-Land 2003 Operating
Typhoon Model 670/8 Bobbejaanland 2004 Operating
Speed: No Limits Model 600 Oakwood Theme Park 2006 Operating
Rage Model 320+ Adventure Island 2007 Operating
Mystery Mine Custom Dollywood 2007 Operating
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge Custom Nickelodeon Universe 2008 Operating
SAW: The Ride Custom Thorpe Park 2009 Operating
Falcon Model 320+ Duinrell 2009 Operating
Fluch von Novgorod Custom Hansa Park 2009 Operating
Huracan Custom Belantis [de] 2010 Operating
Dare Devil Dive Custom Six Flags Over Georgia 2011 Operating
Untamed Model 320+ Canobie Lake Park 2011 Operating
Takabisha Model 1000 Fuji-Q Highland 2011 Operating
Eurofighter Custom Zoosafari Fasanolandia 2011 Operating [2]
Iron Shark Model 380 Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier 2012 Operating
Abyss Custom Adventure World 2013 Operating [3]
Krater Model 380 Colombian National Coffee Park 2014 Operating
Serpent Model 320+ Parc Sindibad 2015 Operating
Predator Model 320+ IMG Worlds of Adventure 2016 Operating
Hydrus Model 320 Casino Pier 2017 Operating
Adrenaline Peak Model 320 Oaks Amusement Park 2018 Operating [4]
Tantrum Model 380 Darien Lake 2018 Operating
TMNT Shellraiser Model 1000 Nickelodeon Universe American Dream 2019 Operating

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gerstlauer's page for Fluch von Novgorod under 'New Projects'". Archived from the original on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Serpent  (Zoosafari Fasanolandia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Wilson, Richard (12 September 2013). "Adventure World coaster named Abyss". Parkz. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Adrenaline Peak - Oaks Amusement Park (Portland, Oregon, USA)". rcdb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "TMNT Shellraiser  (Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.

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