Hypersonic getting vertical at Kings Dominion, photos released

Posted Tuesday, December 12, 2000 12:27 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Looking like a fragment from the recent Roller Coaster Tycoon expansion pack on the PC, vertical construction on Hypersonic XLC, the new S&S air-launched coaster at Paramount's Kings Dominion, has begun. If you weren't planning a trip to Virginia this year, change your plans!

See all of the photos in the Paramount Parks media center.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2000 12:42 PM
Can you say drool? Why does winter have to be soooo LONG!?!?!

Steel aint better, wood forever!!
Tuesday, December 12, 2000 12:55 PM
the fact that those 2 towers will have VERTICAL track on either side of them boggles the mind... at 80 MPH to 165 feet, that has to be one heck of an apex!!!
Tuesday, December 12, 2000 12:57 PM
To tell yo uthe truth, IMO this ride doesn't look all that good. The concept art shows that the downwards vertical will start earlier to curve back to horizontal, and will not even go to the ground!

Oh well....

I guess I still have got to make a trip down there next year!

Tuesday, December 12, 2000 1:02 PM
i wish kings dominion was closer to me.
Tuesday, December 12, 2000 1:22 PM
Well it has to. Could you imagin the amount of Positive G's the coaster would have if it went all the way to the ground?

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Tuesday, December 12, 2000 1:29 PM
I agree it still does not look all that impressive. I'll just have to wait a few more weeks.
Tuesday, December 12, 2000 1:38 PM
hey everyone it's just the prototype! Wait till 2002 for some really cool designs when other parks hop on the TA2k bandwagon!

Tuesday, December 12, 2000 2:03 PM
If 0-80 mph in 1.8 seconds isn't impressive? Then what is!!!???!!!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2000 2:04 PM
Jeff's avatar I agree. Even the prototype turned me on.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2000 2:05 PM
Wow! That really does look alot like rollercoaster tycoon!
Tuesday, December 12, 2000 4:43 PM
Everybody's talking about how this ride won't be thrilling and whatnot...

Well dear god, if that doesn't thrill you, what will?

And yes, I'd ride that sucker even without the added bunny hop. (Basically, yes, I would wait in line for an hour or more for a ride on the prototype.)

As for it not going completely to the ground, I don't think it has anything to do with the amount of positive G's. If they did want to take it all the way down, they could. Just extend the drop a bit, and lengthen the pullout a tad.

How dare you vanquish the Steel Phantom without his consent? Fear the Phantom's Revenge.
Tuesday, December 12, 2000 4:49 PM
I think that was done to give the ride a second drop before the bunny hop

Have you ever gotten the feeling that you've been here before? Six Flags Magic Mountain 2001...
Tuesday, December 12, 2000 6:07 PM
john peck's avatar This is going to be one fantastic ride!
Wednesday, December 13, 2000 7:28 AM

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Wednesday, December 13, 2000 9:48 AM
Looks great. I thought it was cool how you could see a train on the Thunderbolt while going down the hill.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2000 10:02 AM
I want my XLC! (Play on that song "I want my MTV")
Seriously how much are these things? I think every park should get one. ESPECIALLY CF:LP PARKS
hint hint Phil Bender. ;)

Actually I'm holding out for a B&M inverted to land at the Worlds.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2000 4:28 PM
The more I look at it the more I cant wait till spring. Thank god I am so close to PKD..I am going to be there the first day it opens! Im still having trouble grasping exactly how fast 0-80 mph in 1.8 seconds is. It is absolutely no comparison to Flight of Fear or Volcano!

Can't Wait!!

...Red...Yellow...Green GO!!!!!!!
Thursday, December 14, 2000 1:52 AM
This definitely looks awesome! An S&S Air coaster? I thought that the Premier LIM coasters (The Chiller, Mr. Freeze)were impressive, 0-70 in 4 seconds! But 0-80 in less than 2! That must be such an adrenaline rush! I can't wait to ride that monster!
Thursday, December 14, 2000 3:56 AM
To clear some things up....

I think this ride looks GREAT...

I was just disapointed after seeing the prototype, and then this. Even with the addition of a bunny hop, which makes it a more "Complete" coaster, I still think the extra vertical drop would make up for not having it.

If those "extreme" postive g's are so bad, then why did they design them into the prototype? Not the best way to sell a coaster....

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