GERSTLAUER AMUSEMENT RIDES

Schwur des Kärnan Hansa Park
Schwur des Kärnan at Hansa Park in Germany.

gerstlauerGerstlauer was founded in 1981 by Hubert Gerstlauer, a former employee of the Schwarzkopf  roller coaster manufacturing company. In 30 years of business they have built 75 coasters, all of which are still operating.
In the early days, Gerstlauer were responsible for many of the electrical and pneumatic systems for several ride manufacturers in Germany. In 1992, Gerstlauer bought some of the production facilities from Schwarzkopf and produced their first coaster in 1998 (more info below).
Gerstlauer also dabble in flat rides, wooden roller coaster trains and transportation rides. Gerstlauer coasters tend to be quite family friendly with a lower minimum height limit for riders.
Gerstlauer are probably best known for their “Eurofighter” coaster model which offers a thrilling coaster with a small footprint, due to its vertical lift hill and beyond-vertical drop.

Gerstlauer’s First Coaster

G’sengte Sau Erlebnispark Tripsdrill Germany
G’sengte Sau at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill in Germany.

Gerstlauer’s first coaster was G’sengte Sau at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill in Germany. On the coaster’s opening day, inline skater Dirk Auer skated on the coaster’s rails wearing specially designed inline skates while carrying a liter of beer!

Gerstlauer’s Product Range

EURO-FIGHTER

Rage Adventure Island
Rage at Adventure Island in the UK.

The Euro-Fighter is Gerstlauer’s signature ride. Nearly 20 of them have been built since 2003. A Euro-Fighter coaster is recognised by its innovative vertical lift hill and beyond vertical – usually 97° – first drop. The coaster has a small footprint and a compact layout so it’s perfect for parks with limited space. Euro-fighters can be constructed with a fixed base (like a traveling coaster) or with foundations. Gerstlauer Euro-Fighters usually feature several inversions and a launch section. There are three standard models available (varying in track length) as well as a fully customised option.

Operating examples:

Rage at Adventure Island, UK
Mystery Mine at Dollywood, USA
Fluch von Novgorod at Hansa Park, Germany
Iron Shark at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, USA

See also: Dive Coasters

INFINITY COASTER

Monster Adventureland Iowa
Monster at Adventureland in Iowa, USA.

Infinity Coasters are a spinoff of the Gerstlauer’s Euro-Fighters in that they often feature vertical lift hills, beyond vertical drops and multiple inversions, however some use a launch in lieu of the vertical lift hill. An Infinity Coaster – The Smiler at Alton Towers in the UK – holds the World Record for the most inversions on a roller coaster.

Operating examples:

Monster at Adventureland Iowa, USA
Karacho at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, Germany
The Smiler at Alton Towers, UK

See also: LSM Launch Coasters

BOBSLED COASTER

Drachenritt Belantis
Drachenritt at Belantis in Germany.

Not to be confused with actual Bobsled Coasters, Gerstlauer’s Bobsled model was the first coaster created by the company. Characterised by sharp turns, banking curves, fast transitions, and exhilarating drops, the Bobsled Coaster offers the “feel” and fun of a Wild Mouse with the undeniable thrill of a freeform coaster. Bobsled Coasters can be fully customised or there are three off-the-shelf models available.

Operating examples:

Cobra at Paulton’s Park, UK
Vida Musen at Gröna Lund, Sweden
G’sengte Sau at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, Germany

See also: Bobsled Coasters

LAUNCH COASTER

Anubis Plopsaland De Panne
Anubis at Plopsaland De Panne in Belgium.

Gerstlauer coasters can be modified to include launches; some of the recent Infinity coasters have them. However, there are only two specific launch coasters by Gerstlauer operating – Lynet at Fårup Sommerland in Denmark and Anubis at Plopsaland De Panne in Belgium. The cars are launched using a linear synchronous motor (LSM) system. Launch Coaster layouts tend to be similar to Gerstlauer’s Bobsled model, although the launch coaster features inversions.

Operating examples:

Lynet at Fårup Sommerland, Denmark
Anubis at Plopsaland De Panne, Belgium

See also: LSM Launch Coasters

LAUNCH COASTER

Firechaser Express Dollywood
Firechaser Express at Dollywood in Tennessee, USA.

In addition to LSM Launch coasters, Gerstlauer also manufacturer Tire (UK:Tyre) Launch coasters, where motorized tires are used to push the train at speeds up to 30 mph (48 km/h).
In 2012, Gerstlauer combined a shooting dark ride, a spinning coaster and a tire propelled launch to create Gekion Live Coaster at Tokyo Joypolis in Japan. They followed that up in 2014 with the popular Firechaser Express at Dollywood in Tennessee, USA, that features a reverse launch in addition to a forwards one.

 

Operating examples:

Firechaser Express at Dollywood, USA

See also: Tire Launch Coasters

SPINNING COASTER

The Joker Six Flags Mexico
The Joker at Six Flags Mexico.

There are more than a dozen Gerstlauer Spinning Coasters in operation. The cars of this coaster spin freely during the ride and react to weight and acceleration, making each ride unique. Unlike most spinning coasters models offered by other manufactures, riders face one other in the four-person car. The first model opened in March 2004, Fairly Odd Coaster (previously know as Timberland Twister) at Nickelodeon Universe in Minnesota, USA.

Operating examples:

The Joker at Six Flags Mexico
Galaxy Orbiter at Galaxyland Amusement Park, Canada
Spinning Dragons at Worlds Of Fun, USA
Fairly Odd Coaster at Nickelodeon Universe, USA

See also: Spinning Coasters

WILD MOUSE COASTER

Han-Katten BonBon-Land
Han-Katten at BonBon-Land in Denmark.

Many people think that Gerstlauer Bobsled coasters (see above) are wild mouse coasters because of their upper flat section of sharp, non-banked turns and we have no problem with that, but Han-Katten (pictured) at BonBon-Land in Denmark is the only Gerstlauer wild mouse coaster currently in operation. Unlike the Bobsleds, it also features spinning cars.

Operating examples:

Han-Katten at BonBon-Land, Denmark

See also: Wild Mouse Coasters

WOODEN COASTER

Mammut Erlebnispark Tripsdril
Mammut at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill in Germany.

Gerstlauer Wooden Coasters are designed in partnership with Cordes Holzbau GmbH & Co. KG and offer the traditional experience cherished by roller coaster enthusiasts. Only one Gerstlauer Wooden rollercoaster is in existence, Mammut at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill in Germany, which has a “twister” style layout.

See also: Wooden Twister Coasters

Other information

As the name suggests, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides manufacture many attractions in addition to roller coasters, including the very popular Sky Fly/Sky Roller, Polyp and giant Ferris Wheel flat rides.

Gerstlauer are often commended for their speedy construction.

Manufacturer Contact Details

Gerstlauer Elektro GmbH
Amusement Rides
Industriestrasse 17
D-86505 Münsterhausen
Germany

Tel.: +49 8281 9968 0

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