Goudurix

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Goudurix
Goudurix.JPG
The ride viewed from the lake, as seen before its change in colour scheme.
Parc Astérix
Coordinates 49°7′53″N 2°34′17″E / 49.13139°N 2.57139°E / 49.13139; 2.57139Coordinates: 49°7′53″N 2°34′17″E / 49.13139°N 2.57139°E / 49.13139; 2.57139
Status Operating
Opening date 1989
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Vekoma
Lift/launch system chain
Height 36 m (118 ft)
Drop 32.9 m (108 ft)
Length 950 m (3,120 ft)
Speed 90 km/h (56 mph)
Inversions 7
Duration 1:20
Max vertical angle 64°
G-force 3.9
Height restriction 140 cm (4 ft 7 in)
Goudurix at RCDB
Pictures of Goudurix at RCDB

Goudurix is a steel roller coaster located Parc Astérix in France. The Vekoma built ride jointly held the European record for the greatest number of inversions upon its opening in 1989. The record was lost in 1995 to Dragon Khan in Spain. It is one of only two coasters in the world to feature a butterfly element (the other being Ninja at Six Flags Over Georgia).[1] In 2007, following the release of the animated movie Asterix and the Vikings, Viking theming was added to the station and nearby rides, in the form of a wooden Viking longboat. Goudurix is located in the back-west of the park (southeast geographically, since park entrance faces south), near from Tonnerre de Zeus. It was also repainted from its previous white and yellow track with blue supports to yellow and red track with grey supports. The ride is one of the park's main attractions along with the Tonnerre de Zeus, OzIris and Trace du Hourra rollercoasters.

Known for its extraordinarily rough ride, exacerbated by improperly-designed headrests, Goudurix was ranked as the worst steel roller coaster in the world in the 2012 Mitch Hawker Steel Coaster Poll.[2] In response to this, it has seen numerous modifications, including new ride vehicles and a complete retracking to improve the smoothness of the ride.

Ride elements[edit]

Goudurix has seven inversions in total such as:

  • Boomerang (2 inversions 1 stunt)
  • Butterfly (2 inversions 1 stunt)
  • Loop
  • Double Corkscrew

Goudurix's history[3][edit]

Goudurix has seen many changes of its track, electricity and theme since its creation.

  • 1988 : Goudurix built by Vekoma with known problems (such as violent turns)
  • 2000 : Trains are changed and a few different wheels are tested in order to improve the ride comfort
  • 2007 : Total recovery of electrical device
  • 2007 : Theming added to the station
  • 2009 : The whole track is entirely repainted in red and yellow (instead of white and blue)
  • 2010 : A part of the trains are changed, making them heavier
  • 2011 : Test with new wheels to reduce vibrations
  • 2013 : Retracking

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