La Ronde's Batman clone to be a mirror image?

Wednesday, February 13, 2002 4:56 AM
Looking through the various construction photos of le Vampire at, I noticed something... this Batman clone looks as though it is going to be a mirror image of the design, like the Six Flags St. Louis version of the ride.

If you take a look at the most recent shots of the site where the station area is in the foreground and the lift hill is heading away from the photographer (towards the river), you will see that the footers are to the right of the station.  If this was to be a regular Batman clone like the vast number that have been contructed in the past decade, the footers should be to the left of the station, or in those shots, behind the station, right?

Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:25 AM

I think you are correct.

 Also, if you look at the last photo, you can see a support that is to the right of the lift.

 -Sean (who LOVES the version in St. Louis)

Wednesday, February 13, 2002 7:04 AM
I've never been on it (just Batman @ SFGAdv) but as far as I'm concerned, any version of that coaster is good!  I'm glad to see La Ronde (and Canadian parks in general) getting some serious coasters!
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 7:51 AM
Yes, it is indeed a mirror image. I was there when the photographer took the january pictures and... the usual trench during the ride is made in concrete!
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 11:22 AM
Yes, it's a clone of Batman, like the Madrid WBMW. In fact, the Batman @ WBMW has exactly the same colors as Le Vampire, and as far as I know--exact same layout (mirror of original Batman:TR), correct me if I'm wrong, s'il vous plaît ;).

Élément vedette de la Ronde, le Vampire, le nouveau manège à couper le souffle, sera en fonction dès l'été prochain.

Le Vampire, conçu par la firme suisse Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M), sera le plus important manège de La Ronde l'été prochain. Ces montagnes russes s'étireront sur presque un kilomètre (823 m) et elles grimperont jusqu'à 32 mètres. Filant à 80,5 km/h, le Vampire fera franchir cinq boucles aux amateurs de sensations fortes. Au rythme de 1 400 personnes à l'heure, ils défieront les lois de la gravité en affrontant des forces atteignant 4 G (quatre fois leur poids). B&M est une firme de notoriété mondiale, spécialisée dans la conception et la fabrication de manèges.

Rough translation: The high-speed element of La Ronde, Le Vampire, the new roller coaster, will cut your breath short next summer. Le Vampire, manufactured by the Swiss firm Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M), will be the most significant roller coaster of La Ronde for next summer. The roller coaster will have a length of almost a kilometer (823 m) and climbs as high as 32 meters. Cruising at 80.5 km/h, Le Vampire will experience five loops for big thrills for enthusiasts. At a 1,400 pph rate, they will defy the laws of gravity by facing forces reacing at 4 G (four times their weight). B&M is a world-famous firm, specializing in the design and the manufacture of roller coasters.

Sure does sound like Batman specs:

Height: 100 ft. / 30.5 m
Speed: 50 mph / 80.4 km/h
Inversions: 5
Track Length: 2693 ft. / 820.8 m
Number of Vehicles: 2

etc... Now... this summer is time for another visit for my Montréal family. ;)

The Jet Coaster ROARS!
Will Johansson, Webmaster of Xtreme Paramount Parks

Wednesday, February 13, 2002 12:25 PM
So this would be the 2nd clone of the SFSTL Batman (namtaB), Correct? 

S W :) :) S H

Wednesday, February 13, 2002 12:34 PM
I believe so, Swoosh.
The Jet Coaster ROARS!
Will Johansson, Webmaster of Xtreme Paramount Parks
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 2:48 PM
Gambit overseas (Japan?) was second I think,  and now Le Vampire.  WBMW's is not a mirror of the original.

Why does Spain's have 7 rows?

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