Silver Star (roller coaster)

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Silver Star
Entrée du Silver Star.JPG
Europa-Park Silver Star.jpg
Silver Star's first drop
Park section France
Coordinates 48°16′05″N 7°43′12″E / 48.268°N 7.72004°E / 48.268; 7.72004Coordinates: 48°16′05″N 7°43′12″E / 48.268°N 7.72004°E / 48.268; 7.72004
Status Operating
Opening date March 23, 2002
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Model Hypercoaster
Track layout Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 240 ft (73 m)
Drop 219 ft (67 m)
Length 5,315 ft (1,620 m)
Speed 80 mph (130 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:53
Max vertical angle 67.5°
Capacity 1,750 riders per hour
G-force 4G
Height restriction 55 in (140 cm)
Silver Star at RCDB
Pictures of Silver Star at RCDB

Silver Star is a roller coaster located at Europa-Park, a theme park in Rust, Germany. The coaster has a height of 239 ft (73 m), placing it in the hyper coaster category. Although it is one of Bolliger & Mabillard's tallest coasters, it was surpassed as the tallest in Europe by Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya at PortAventura in 2012 (both were surpassed by Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland and Fury 325 at Carowinds in 2015, which are the tallest coasters Bolliger and Mabillard has ever built to date). Signs in the queuing area claim a maximum speed of 315 km/h, with a maximum of 4G vertical forces. Silver Star has 3 trains which seat 36 people each, giving an hourly capacity of 1,750 passengers. This hypercoaster is situated in the French area of Europa Park and is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

The ride[edit]

Silver Star features no inversions, but many hills. After the first drop, the train travels leftwards and up onto the first camel back(1), and then a second. The train performs a 180 degree return in a Horseshoe-element(2), then continues onto another camel back followed by a mid-course brake segment(3). A 270 degree upwards turn(4) brings the train back under the lifthill and onto one last camel back. A S-bend brings the train to the on-ride photo and final brake run.(5)

Nearly every camel back is fitted with trim brakes to regulate the train's speed. The original friction-brake trims made the ride uncomfortable for some riders, however these have been refitted with magnetic trims.

Silver Star Track Sketch.jpg