The Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster at Universal Studios Florida could be set for an extended closure, after a serious fault was discovered with Maurer Söhne's design for the ride.
Screamcape highlights a recent letter from the manufacturer to all operators of the X-Car coaster model used for Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit. The letter advises the operators that the coupling bar which holds the cars in the ride's trains together could suffer from fractures, potentially causing life-threatening accidents.
The letter reveals that the coupling bars and coupling elements on the ride are not "fatigue endurable", and that Maurer Söhne is working on fix that won't be available for approximately 2-3 months. Universal will have to run frequent tests (every 3 weeks, or every 200 hours of operation for the ride) to check for cracks in the bars on the Rockit's trains. Any failure of the tests could see trains removed from operation, or the entire ride closed down until the fix is available.
Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit has had a troubled history, with the ride opening several months late and continuing to be plagued by technical issues thereafter. Universal is still unable to run the ride at full capacity, over a year after it first opened.
The music-themed ride has received a mixed reception from coaster fans, with some complaining that it is too rough. However, Theme Park Tourist gave it a positive review after attending the ride's soft opening in August 2009.