The Bavarian amusement park ‘Freizeitpark Ruhpolding’ wants to touch the sky and Gerstlauer Amusement Rides is more than happy to help delivering the very first Shuttle Family Coaster, which opens in late spring 2011.
The coaster goes by the name ‘Gipfel-Stürmer’ which is German for summiteer. Right after the individual restraints close, the fourteen riders can expect the first surprise of the rollercoaster. The train starts to move backwards and climbs the first hill slowly. From up there all riders will have stunning views of the whole amusement park and the beautiful landscape surrounding it.
After a few seconds of thrilled waiting, the train rushes down the hill, past the waiting guests in the station and enters a wild course featuring banked curves, airtime and sudden changes of direction. At the end of the course the train climbs a second hill, slows down and stops one more time. This time the riders will see nothing but the end of the track and the sky.
The following part of the roller coaster ride is unique in the history of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides. The train travels the whole course to the station – backwards! There, fail-safe magnetic brakes stop the train full of happy riders.
The brand new Shuttle-Family-Coaster by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides – A family adventure for all summiteers with a minimum body height of only one meter!
|Width||~ 121 ft (~ 37 m)
|Depth||~ 164 ft (~ 50 m)
|Height||~ 40 ft (~ 12 m)
|Track Length||~ 558 ft (~ 170 m)
|Track Width||2' 7 ½" (800 mm)
|Speed||~ 32 mph (~ 50 km/h)
|Trains||1 train with 7 cars (2 persons each)|