Adventure World in Australia has confirmed that its new attraction for 2013 is a $12 million roller coaster manufactured by German firm Gerstlauer.
Like the £18 million The Smiler that opened at Alton Towers earlier this year, Adventure World's coaster will be a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter model. The park promises that it will be a "world-class, adrenaline-pumping roller coaster", featuring a custom-design and exerting g-forces of -1 to 4.5 on riders.
The roller coaster is on a different scale to previous investments at Adventure World. The attraction line-up at the largest theme park in Western Australia currently features a single small roller coaster, a selection off-the-shelf thrill rides, and a variety of water slides.
Like Saw - The Ride at Thorpe Park (another Euro-Fighter) the as-yet-unnamed roller coaster will boast a dark ride section. The circuit will be 2066 feet (630 metres) long, and will include a vertical lift hill, a beyond-vertical drop, a zero-g roll, a rollover loop, a cobra roll and an inline loop. It will stand at 98 feet (30 metres) tall, and will feature the smaller cars seen on Saw - The Ride rather than the multi-car trains used on The Smiler. These will hold eight passengers each, in two rows of four.
Adventure World's CEO, Mark Shaw, said of the park's new headline ride: "This is a thrill ride like no other. It features the broadest range of G-Forces and speed for a theme park ride in this country; it’s going to be the most exciting and exhilarating ride visitors to Adventure World have ever experienced."
"At full speed, those brave enough to experience it will be propelled at over 85km/hr during a two minute heart pounding journey, experiencing G-Forces close to those achieved by Formula 1 cars at corners or pilots catapulted off a Navy aircraft carrier. We're pushing the boundaries and exceeding the expectations of thrill seekers this summer and we're hugely excited to bring this elite coaster to WA, the first of its kind in Australia. Put simply, riders are in for an awesome experience in just over four months time. We expect crowds of thrill seekers to jump at the chance to potentially shred their vocal chords come November."
The ride has been given the codename "Mi1", in a scheme that will remind Alton Towers fans of the park's "Secret Weapon" naming scheme. Its track arrived in 45 forty-foot-long shipping containers at Fremantle Port having been delivered from Germany.
The final name and theme of the roller coaster will be announced on September 13, 2013. The ride is due to open in November, in time for Adventure World's Fright Nights Halloween events.
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