In Popular Science, Kingda Ka is mentioned as the next tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. A few things that caught my attention though are the article says that KK cost $25 million and was built by Intamin, which is based in Maryland.
So a three-part question: Did KK only cost $25 million and does Intamin have a branch based in Maryland, or is the article incorrect?
As far as I know Intamin doesn't have a US office but who knows they might. And I don't think that KK could cost $25 Million just due in mainpoint that that's what CP paid for TTD. So If KK cost the same, then I would have to say that CP got ripped off.
I do belive that Intamin does have a USA sales office in Mayland. As for the cost, you have to remember that TTD has 4 more trains than KK. I'm not sure how much an Intamin train costs, but I did hear that a standard B&M invert train costs around $800,000. Another thing to consider is that maybe they got a discount for the ride due to the accident at SFNE (didn't PKI get a deal on Vortex and Top Gun dues to the Bat?).
I think the "discount" that Arrow gave to Kings Island for The Bat was only applied to Vortex, but that's assuming this deal isn't just some coaster enthusiast urban legend.
Anyway, I wouldn't think there would have been a discount on KK because of the accident at SFNE, because that would mean Intamin had taken the blame for the accident, which I don't remember seeing anywhere that they had.
DRMAN2004 said: ...So If KK cost the same, then I would have to say that CP got ripped off.
Well, I would say that maybe it's because it was the first Strata, so more research had to go into the support and building the power of the launch, I don't know, I just think that R&D costs for KK would be lower than for TTD.
Mark, Intamin does indeed have an office in Maryland.
Though I really doubt they got a discount because of the 2001 accident, you never know. They did just drop the suit against Intamin. If they did give SF a discount I don't think it would be an admission of guilt, at least not like if it was a court settlement. I would bet stuff like that is not that uncommon.
Frank, thinking SF paid full price but likes to fan the flames. ;)
I have several theories (I have no basis to go off any of these reasons) on why they might have gotten a discount. The first is that maybe SF wanted to (and were able) pull out of KK, and got a discount. Or my other guess is that maybe they got a discount due to the lawsuit and thats why it was dropped (this is the accident that I was refering to at SFNE).
But another thing to remember is that this is SF that we are talking about. They aren't know for getting numbers correct. The price for KK could be higher than what we all think. *** Edited 1/20/2005 1:14:50 AM UTC by Mark Burleson***
Intamin used to be (or still are if they removed their name from the sign out front) in Millersville next to the WaWa that you can see from Rt. 97. Premier Rides is located a little bit of ways up the same road.