Mobius Racing Coasters are roller coasters that have two trains that race each other on a single continuous track. This results in trains finishing on the opposite side from where they start.
Most of us are aware of the one Mobius Racing Coaster in the United States (the Racer at Kennywood) and the two in other countries (La Montana Rusa at La Feria in Mexico and the Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in England).
Which defunct Mobius racers were around in the past? I am aware of three of them, the Cyclone Racer at the Pike in Long Beach, CA, the Racing Coaster at Euclid Beach near Cleveland, OH and the Racing Whippet at West View Park near Pittsburgh, PA.Last edited by Arthur Bahl, Sunday, October 4, 2009 1:35 PM
The Racing Whippet. That is just a cool name for a coaster.
Arthur Bahl said:
Mobius Racing Coasters are roller coasters that have two trains that race each other on a single continuous track. I am aware of three of them, the Cyclone Racer at the Pike in Long Beach, CA, the Racing Coaster at Euclid Beach near Cleveland, OH and the Racing Whippet at West View Park near Pittsburgh, PA.
I don't believe the Cyclone Racer was a mobius racer.
I had heard that Joris en de Draak was going to be a mobius, then saw an rcdb listing with it being a racer, now I see it as mobius. Can anyone here confirm it as such?
Cyclone Racer had a cross-over on the third turnaround to negate the effect of the reverse turn out of the station, so no Mobius.
Hey Matt...TX Giant will be a mobuis until the renovation. You and Gator better get out to Dallas stat! ;)
Other than looking cool, I can't think of a single practical reason why you would want to have a mobius layout. If anything, it would lead to the entire ride having to close if there was a mechanical problem- as opposed to just one half.Last edited by Fun, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 9:00 AM
I would think many 'elements' on coasters used to be designed-in just for that fact that they were neat, fun, cool, what have you. In other words, FUN came to the mind of designers.
Now, it's more of the mindset of closing down 1/2 the ride (or I should say 1 of the 2 rides). If a new mobius coaster were to be built (by GCI or whoever) I would think there would be a 'switch track' before the station so they could in fact (if needed or desired) run only one side. Now, THAT would be cool! And fun.Last edited by CoasterDemon, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 12:04 PM
Noted in England (vs. Kennywood). On Grand National, hand-slapping is apparently "reserved" for ERT events and the like. In actuality, it's the people who are reserved, not the activity. While Nashie was a great ride (dare I say better than Racer), I really did miss that interaction and felt somewhat "cheated" by the fact that the patrons virtually ignored the other car up until the finish line. It was funny watching a few people who "waited for their group" to find that the exit ramp came down on the wrong side of the tracks. ;)
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