Posted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 12:58 PM | Contributed by Rick_UK
Dreamworld has video teased a new 12-passenger vehicle with over the shoulder restraints for its Tower of Terror rehab.
Aside from the OTSRs (Boo!), the cars look pretty cool.
Capacity has dropped by 3 though, which I guess isn't the end of the world, but still.
I was about to say 'hopefully no one will complain about OTSRs on a coaster with a perfectly straight track,' but Tekwardo shot that to hell...
Honestly, I only complain because I just rode Kingda Ka 2 days ago, where the straight launch track was really, REALLY painful with OTSRs. It was worse in the section you're traveling down on the tophat, which is all this will basically have.
I'm more concerned about capacity than the OTSRs. With no lateral movement the restraints shouldn't be too bad - especially with the (lack of) force of the launch.
True, as I know Superman had suck a lack of forces. My fear comes from the fact that falling face first with those OTSRs (apparently they purchased the 'old' Intimidator 305 shoulder harneses and had put them on 3 of the trains) was REALLY painful. I got 2 quick rides back to back to get my credit and a re-ride, and as I got off, I swore I'd never ride again.
I didn't mind them on Maverick or Storm Runner, but jeez they were so painful on Ka.
True, as I know Superman had suck
You could have finished the post there.
LOL, I totally didn't mean do type that.
Maybe over-the-shoulders BECAUSE of the backwards launch? Keep idiots from doubling over and smacking their faces during the take-off. I'm betting that launch, even if its not strengthened during the make-over, will feel more forceful without a seatback to rely on.Last edited by obxKevin, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 10:35 PM
Not just the launch. I think Kevin has a good point here.
Not only will riders get pulled out of their seats by a backward launch, when the car comes back down they'll have another close encounter with that shoulder bar when it hits the brakes.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
I called the OTSRs. It'll be interesting to see how this impacts the sense of floating on the tower.
wow the cars look great! That's all I have to say. (no comment about the OTSRs)
As a side note, since the video came out it is now apparent the cars have 14 seats, not 12.
Better pic here
So, do they not have as giant of wheels as they used to? I can't tell from the pic, and I'm at work so I haven't watched the video just yet, but it looks like they've downsized them.
I thought that too.
The wheels are much smaller and appear to be the same size at the front and the rear.
Poor quality shot but its the only one I have side on
Obviously I didn't ride the one in Australia, but if this is what they're doing for SoCal's Superman (Especially if they run one front, one back) then maybe the ride will then be fun?
Who knows. I'm going to press night on Thursday so I'll be sure to let you know! =)
Please do. I was so excited to ride S:TE many years back, only to get on it the day after I rode XCelerator, and find it to be very "meh".
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