Hypersonic's peak reaches to Virginia sky in new photos
Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2001 10:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff
That sweet S&S lovin' is coming your way in Virginia. Paramount's Kings Dominion has released new photos of their zero-to-80 mph in a hurry masterpiece, Hypersonic XLC. If you haven't been playing at home, the ride is the first production air-launched vertical coaster from S&S Power, famous for their tower rides.
The ride is comming along nicely. I am definitely going to PKD this summer! The one thing I noticed is that there's not a very long verticle time on the tower. I guess that's due to the fact they made the radius of the horizontal to verticle piece larger. But it's still gonna be a killer ride.
It looks awfully short lengthwise and timewise. Even shorter than Volcano. And remember the lines for Volcano the first season? I'm still going to make the 2 1/2 hour trip to Doswell to ride it though.
2Hoystl said: "1. Why are there TWO red columns? I thought they would only need one for the launch up. Is there a launch down too?
2. What is the dark spot underneath the crown of the hill? Could those be breaks of booster wheels? " ------------------------- 1. I would think that the red columns are either structural or decorative. The reason is I'm almost 100% sure that there is no thrust on either side of the tower. Video I've seen of this when it was in Utah (or wherever S&S is) looked like all the acceleration occurs while you are on the ground, just like Superman:TE at SFMM. Once you start to make the ascent you are just under the influence of gravity. (Anyone know anything conflicting, or is this right?)
2. I would assume those dark things might be anti-rollbacks., There MUST be some form of anti-rollback on the ascent tower. Anyone kow for sure?
*** This post was edited by Peabody on 1/10/2001. ***
Peabody, where is this video you are talking about? All I've seen is the animation from the PKD website. Also, don't the red columns have something to do with the compressed air? If I happen to be right, I don't think the placement is really important. It wouldn't indicate a downward launch. If somebody can correct me on this, please do!