Not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but the latest issue of First Drop shows two new layouts for Arrow 4D coasters. One is called Delerium, and one is called Quantum.
Delerium's layout is as follows... At the top of the lift there is a little bunny hop as on X, only maybe a little larger, then a drop which is not near vertical. Then comes a giant Raven turn, like on X. Next is a camelback/half flip. That is where the similiarities to X end. After the hill is another raven turn, followed by what appears to be another camelback/half flip, and then a final 180 degree turn into the brake run. The ride seems to be about the length and size of X, with basically the turnaround and the second raven turn swapped.
The other design shown is Quantum... This starts out the same as the others with the lift, hop, and drop (again not vertical). It then goes through a giant camelback/halflip element, followed by a giant turnaround as seen on X, only maybe a little more inclined. Next is a regular camelback, and then another half flip/camelback, and a final hop up into the brake run. This is a much simpler design, basically out and back, and seems to be shorted than the rest.
In the article, they also talk about a launched 4D that Arrow has planned, in which the seats on both sides rotate seperately, instead of together. It doesn't say whether that is one of the two shown in the pictures. They do say however that, it would be cheaper and take up less space, and that "A park is already very interested in this ride", reffering to the launched version.
It certainly sounds like the years ahead are going to exciting for Arrow and their new hit.
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SFMM specifically asked for the most "extreme" version of Arrow's 4D. So in a sense, if another park wanted a vertical drop, all they'd have to do is ask that it be built. Some parks may not want a drop that extreme or that tall.
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*** This post was edited by DWeaver on 1/1/2002. ***
I think that Arrow chose to keep their layouts in the out-and-back fashion becuase it would be a little more complicated to mauever such a large train through a twisting layout because of all the supports. I wonder when we'll see the first complete inversion on a 4D and what it would look like :) ----------------- Bow Down to...The Sleeping Smiley!! --_--zzZZzzz (tm)
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xbombman said: Who do you think runs CP, a bunch of nine-year-olds?
Ha! That's hilarious! It's about time someone had the guts to say it so bluntly. :)
Hmmm. New 4-D layouts? Sounds like Arrow plans on running with this one. Good for them! I only hope a few years down the line that the "Arrow is the best, the rest suck" talk doesn't get as annoying as the "B&M is the best" talk does now.
Can't wait to see where more of these 4-D's pop up at. Let's all cross our fingers and chant "east coast, east coast, east coast"
X is the best steel coaster I have ever had the luck to ride. I don't see why parks wouldn't want the vertical drop, though. Its fun as hell, and as far as I could tell the public loves the whole thing. The first drop is kinda the centerpiece of the whole thing. I would think that when park reps ride this thing they really will want to keep the vertical drop on newer versions.
Of course, the newer 4d's may not be near as big as X, and therefore may not be able to accomodate a huge vertical drop. I'd imagine we are going to be seeing lots of these bad boys in the 80 - 150 ft. range coming soon.
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a launched 4D?? look at how much trouble they had with supporting the weight of the trains with a conventional lift....now add the force of a luanch start, haha :) Arrow needs to make sure that the new support system on the train is failproof before they try to launch those things.... ----------------- ROLLERCOASTERS....BETTER THAN OXYGEN BABY!!!!!!