PRODUCED BY FUNWORLD—THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF IAAPA FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016


Vekoma Launches a Firestorm

Firestorm is a new 2,960-foot LSM launch roller coaster introduced by Vekoma Rides Manufacturing (Booth #5131). The ride vehicles shoot to more than 62 miles per hour in less than four seconds, then fly up 12 stories skyward, where riders float in the air as the trains slow down before dropping back to earth in a vertical drop.

The first Firestorm has opened at Vinpearl Thu Thiem in Vietnam, and Peter van Bilsen, Vekoma’s global sales and marketing director, said, “The riders experience 12 maneuvers, and it’s an exciting new ride for the country.”

Those 12 maneuvers encompass at least two inversions, five airtime hills, and six forceful twists and turns. The individual elements include a twisted airtime hill, a station flyover, a camelback, a downward helix, a horseshoe, and a barrel roll. The finale is a carousel turn only a few inches above the ground. Firestorm can include either one or two trains.

 www.vekoma.com

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