Secondly, has anyone been to their website? I was looking at their examples for the X Car coaster, and they look nuts. I'm looking forward to seeing Sohne jump to the head of the class in about a year or two here, and hopefully come out with some innovations to the coaster world.
If you have time, go to the website (not sure of the link) - went to rcdb, followed the company link. Check out their coasters, you won't be let down.
It seems like less and less of the bigger loopers are being built - for whatever reason. There still are the spectacular record breakers (like TTD/KdK/X and the new X for japan etc.) but most of the parks don't have that kind of money to invest right now.
It also seemed like they are filling the gap that the vanished "Wildcat", "Jet Star" and other smaller-scale coasters left behind.
Compared to those classics, the Maurer coasters sure seem much rougher and more extreme in the forces they expose the riders to (esp. negative and lateral Gs) - this is also a result of similar developments in the flat-ride industry, where you find ride designs today that would have caused nothing but head-shaking 20 years ago.
It looks like they have a winning concept - the only thing I wonder is capacity. With all those small 4-seated cars, you'll probably get long lines. (?)
The layout includes the Humpty Bump lift with a drop upside down (remember: no OTSR), an incredible camelback (only possible with short trains), and a new inversion -> Bended Cuban Eight...
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