More on Xcelerator

Sunday, April 28, 2002 10:08 AM

Everybody is talking about how they would change the ride, and what it lacks. But seriously, even though this ride is short, the elements on it will attract huge amounts of people. I'm in LA, and I don't go to knotts all that much, but I'll be there when that thing opens. What is all that electrical work they are doing on the launch? Isn't it pulled by a cable that is in that box thing? What is the work that is being done on the track area?

~Nick

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 10:19 AM

Well as I've said over and over, people seem to want Xcelerator to be a hypercoaster, but sorry, the hyper is coming later. What knott's presented to Sandor&Co, was the opportunity to exploit their new launch technology, which supposedly is not only more reliable than LIM/LSM, but will also give a more powerful, sustained launch.

The ride is more akin to say, Mr. Freeze or Hypersonic.

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 10:31 AM

Hypercoaster= a coaster that goes over 200 feet.

Xceletator seems hyper to me, they just replaced the lift with a launch.

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 3:24 PM
the electrical work going on the launch is actually for rollback brakes. when the train launches, the brakefins (on the track) will be lowered (they are up right now). as soon as the train is off the launch, the magnetic break fins will rise.
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Sunday, April 28, 2002 3:49 PM

Well let's just say Xcelerator is not even close to being a traditional hypercoaster as in, 200ft, lift hill, 5000-plus ft of track.

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Monday, April 29, 2002 7:08 AM

DWeaver - so does Goliath count? Track length is under 5,000'.

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Monday, April 29, 2002 7:41 AM

Goliath, traditional hyper? Not in my book., Neither is Millennium Force. Neither is built for airtime, but rather speed and positive Gs. The true tradition hyper I based on rides like Magnum, Desperado, Steel Force and Superman:Ride of Steel. Traditional lift hill, 200 or so feet tall, VERY long rides that mimic out and back airtime filled wooden coasters. These other rides often thrown into that category(including SOB), to me are built high simply for speed. People seem to want to call everything a hypercoaster now, which is fine. Then why not include Superman:The Escape as the world's first "tera" coaster? ;)

I know this is not everyone's definition, and I certainly don't expect anyone else to agree with me, but there ya go.

*** This post was edited by DWeaver on 4/29/2002. ***

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Monday, April 29, 2002 7:57 AM

Ugh. There is no such thing as the traditional hypercoaster. Hypercoaster is a term made up by publicists and promoted by enthusiasts, and at first simply referred to a coaster that was over 200 feet tall, period.

Now we've got all these enthusiasts making up their own rules about what a hypercoaster is, and lambasting those who don't agree.

This applies to coasters AND real life: Don't label, it makes things much easier.

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Monday, April 29, 2002 8:03 AM
I thought a "hypercoaster" was one that gave me a serious adrenaline rush...in that case, Xcelerator will certainly make ME *hyper*...LOL.

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Monday, April 29, 2002 9:41 AM

As I said before, I don't expect anyone else to agree with me, but I have every right to have my own definition of what makes a hypercoaster, and have not *ever* lambasted people for there own definitions, where did you get that from? My definition comes directly from the creators of Magnum, and this is how *I* choose to decribe it.

To lambase me for that makes you no better does it?

*** This post was edited by DWeaver on 4/29/2002. ***

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