Posted Thursday, November 1, 2001 4:26 AM | Contributed by ACEerCG
The latest update of photos on the official Europa Park website show how much progress has been made on their B&M speedcoaster. The final brake run is complete and work continues on the lifthill, which is nearly half completed.
You can see the photos, with translated captions, at this address.
I had the same thought as you Jeff...it definitely does seem steeper. From the looks of it, it will also be the first sit-down B&M coaster with only one set of stairs on the lift. And look for some odd support arrangements as this ride will be running right over the top of a parking lot.
I definitely prefer Silverstar's |\ shape over Nitro's /\ shaped supports.
Before Nitro was built, I thought that simple B&M supports would look much better & cleaner than the complicated Arrow, Intamin, & Giovanola hyper supports. But after Nitro was built, I immediately changed my mind. I think Nitro's supports looks hideous and random. Hypers like Magnum, Mamba, Superman: Ride of Steel, and Millennium Force look much sexier with those complex, intricate support structures.
I have to say, though. Silverstar's |\ supports are an improvement over Nitro's. They look pretty good.
*** This post was edited by IslandKG on 11/1/2001. ***
i think Nitros supports are awesome looking. The way the track goes thru them is pretty sweet . I prefer them over the arrow style supports.Those look cheap and weak. I think the way nitros supports are gives the ride a bigger look.
My God! That one piece on the second page is huge!
That just goes to show I wasn't imagining the fact that not all the pieces have the same backbone depth. ------------- Jes Webmaster, Jes's Roller Coasters "Thank You Jeff Putz"
*** This post was edited by Zero-G on 11/1/2001. ***
Is this ride going to have "the dip" or not? ----------------- "It looks like they just decided to hang up wheat all over the park" - my friend Steve, describing the FearFest decorating at Kings Island.
What in the world are you talking about IslandKG? The supports for BMs are always like that! Check photos of Raging Bull or Apollo's Chariot and they will both have the |\ style supports. The only reason they look like that on Nitro is because you can't get any closer to the lift hill to get a good look in the employee area.
The only reason the supports are like that on Nitro is because the lift spans over the Congo Rapids reservoir. The supports couldn't just come straight up from under the track on the lift like they do on Silverstar. Oh, and the second hill is in the /\ shape for the same reason, it has to go over a stream. The rest of Nitro's supports are all shape in the l\ fashion.
*** This post was edited by Bob Hellyer on 11/1/2001. ***