Monday, September 25, 2023

World’s first Vekoma Super Boomerang multi-launches at Xuzhou Fantawild Wonderland

Vekoma Rides announces the launch of the Super Boomerang – the first of its kind in the world. ‘Cloud Shuttle’ is a brand new multi launch coaster and officially opened on July 18th, at the new Xuzhou Fantawild Wonderland theme park in China.

The Super Boomerang is designed to offer a unique combination of modern-age thrill ride elements, all in a compact, narrow space. Multiple launch sections, vertical spike at 52,5m height, maximum speed of 95 km/h, forward backward ride, vertical drops, 4 inversions, and 10 airtime elements – all packed in this compact design. The Super Boomerang brings Vekoma’s successful Boomerang concept to a new level of and thrills to a wider demographic, with the rider height restriction of 1.20m.

The 52.5m tall tower will have an iconic appearance in the park. Using Vekoma’s proven design MK1101 train system and a 6-coach, 24-seater train, the Super Boomerang reaches a capacity of 800 people per hour. To obtain an unobstructed ride experience, the vehicle has a lapbar-only restraint system with flexible vest. Furthermore, the ride uses the state-of-the-art LSM launch system, which is the most maintenance-friendly driving system available in the market.

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Background design – Super Boomerang (by Benjamin Bloemendaal)

The Super Boomerang was designed as a spiritual successor to both the classic Boomerang and the GIB, using a sitdown vehicle like the former, but having the stature of the latter.

According to our present-day design philosophy, the new track design was also to sport more variation in ride elements, while focusing on airtime and hangtime rather than downforce.

Other key drivers to the final design we’re to have a unique and iconic aesthetic and a footprint that could be easily integrated in different park plans.

These parameters, combined with more energy (i.e. increased train speed) and airtime-focused track elements, lead to a long-stretched, slender design rather than the traditional square base area.

Additionally, we opted for a maintenance-free LSM drive to avoid the complex hoisting and catching mechanisms from the days of old.

This choice doesn’t only improve reliability and reduce maintenance cost, it also provides for a more dynamic ride experience and a higher single-train throughput.

Technical specs

Capacity: 800 pph

Triple LSM launch through station + 2 LSM boosts

  1. Forwards LSM launch max. 40km/h
  2. Backwards LSM launch max. 76km/h
  3. 45m vertical free fall (3 sec of zero gravity)
  4. Forwards LSM launch max. 95km/h

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