X'Celerator's first drop

Thursday, April 4, 2002 7:52 AM
Don't you think that the airtime in the back of X-Celerator's train on the first drop will be unprecedented- being yanked 200 feet down at a 90 degree angle? I mean, TA2K's short trains didn't allow for much airtime.
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Thursday, April 4, 2002 7:56 AM

There will definately be some good airtime, but how much depends on the speed the train is going at the top of the hill.

Also TA2Ks do give some major airtime.

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Thursday, April 4, 2002 7:56 AM

Much airtime? Are you joking? You hit the top of that thing so damn fast that I was in pain from the pressure of the lap bars.

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Thursday, April 4, 2002 8:17 AM
He's talking about TA2K.
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Thursday, April 4, 2002 8:19 AM
I think he's talking about Hypersonic. I've never been in pain from an amusement park ride....even after I rode ST at SFWoA 17 times in a row one early morning. Xcelerators launch and drop should be sweet.
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Thursday, April 4, 2002 8:25 AM

It should be similar to Expedition G force's drop, although much more intense:) That is a good thing........
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Thursday, April 4, 2002 8:53 AM

With all due respect, Jeff, I don't think the speed over the top will be as fast as you think. Remember we're talking a climb of about 190-195 feet to the top of the "U". I guestimate a climb of 190-195 feet as the launch track slopes upward and is about 10-15 feet off the ground when it starts to go vertical.

Assuming trains are launched to 82 MPH as the park claims, I really don't think you'll have much more than about 20MPH left when you go over the top. Again, that's just a guestimate based on the advertised top speed of other coasters with drop of approx 200 feet].

Something else to consider: the trains are pretty short. I believe they're gonna be 6 cars long but only seat 20 people as the first and last car are single rows. Shorter train = less severe "yank" over the top for riders in the back half of the train.

But the question remains: will there be airtime? HECK YES!

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Thursday, April 4, 2002 9:34 AM
But 'moosh, H:XLC just *barely* makes it over the top (well...sometimes it doesnt even do that ;)). Even though it doesnt have much momentum, just the quick pitch downward will give great ejector air in the back seat (see back row on S:ROS @ SFA for comparison)
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Thursday, April 4, 2002 9:39 AM
....given the park it's located at, maybe we could re-phrase that and call it "explosive" airtime instead....STILL amazed that PP hasn't been renamed....
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Thursday, April 4, 2002 9:57 AM

Something tells me PP will re-open simply as "The Plunge". I personally hope they keep the original name, it's not like it really changes anything.

As for Xcelerator, that pull over looks pretty extreme to me!

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Thursday, April 4, 2002 10:19 AM
Yeah, with GR, Supreme, and PP, KBF is already the ejector airtime capital of the West Coast(sorry SFMM fans!). I don't expect Xcelerator to be any less spectacular!

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Thursday, April 4, 2002 10:51 AM
Yeah, you outta feel like youre bout to fly out of the train and off the track, because even if it goes over the top at 15 mph, that turn up there is so tight that it will feel much faster.
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Thursday, April 4, 2002 11:41 AM

2Hostyl - I wasn't making a comparison to HXLC, sorry if it seemed like I was. Even tho I haven't ridden Hypersonic yet all indications is that the airtime is pretty yummy. I expect the airtime on Xcellerator to be great as well, but not near the extreme quality as HXLC.

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Thursday, April 4, 2002 11:50 AM

Hostyl made my point better than I did... in that Hypersonic has much air, perhaps too much air. I was responding to the first post which said that it had little air time "because of the short trains," which has absolutely nothing to do with the way that ride pops you at the top.

What Xcelerator will do has nothing to do with my point.

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Thursday, April 4, 2002 11:51 AM

Draco said:
KBF is already the ejector airtime capital of the West Coast(sorry SFMM fans!).


Draco, I am a SFMM fan and I couldnt AGREE with you more. SFMM doesnt have much ejector air AT ALL. Tidal Wave (small), Freefall (small), Goliath's lone camelback (good). That's about it. (not including upcharge attractions).

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Thursday, April 4, 2002 12:03 PM
Jeff - thanks for the explanation. I seem to be swimming in miscommunication today...I can't get anything right ;-)

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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh on 4/4/2002. ***

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