I still giggle when I hear the word "testfahrt"....
This ride is entirely 'powered', the cars only move when the gears turn, and they are driven by electricity; there's no gravity powering it. Mack powered coasters are driven by electricity too, but they have the ability to roll freely without power. A lot of people make the distinction between coasters/tracked rides by whether they ever move by gravity. Something like Squirrel Nutty at Alton Towers wouldn't count as that is entirely powered, whilst AT's Runaway Mine Train coasts through much of its layout, only being powered when it needs to be (the powered sections basically acting as lift hills).ATI said:
Yeah to be honest it kind of reminds me of a cycle monorail but obviously a powered version! I think the tech would actually be better implemented in a dark ride. The ability to control the pace you go through certain scenes is certainly intriguing.Tomatron said:^Agreed. I've been wondering what the hell it is ever since it was announced, but it's never really seemed like a bona fide rollercoaster despite all park press to the contrary.
It also comes across as a little dated. If this was being brought out 10-15 years ago it would be pretty cool. But for a new ride type in a market so full of variety, it has to be either super reliable, spectacular to look at, marketed brilliantly, or a combinatuin of all three. This doesn't manage any of that. It seems like a lot of effort for not a lot of end product.
They look neat from afar and in photos, drawing visitors to them. Without much prior experience to judge with, they seem like something you want to try out, hence boosting visitor numbers. They also look cheap as sin to put up. Look how (comparably) few supports there are, and try to imagine how many meters of track you could pack on a large truck if you planned it out properly. The coaster seems to be optimized for a minimum of installation costs, with every support being completely vertical, the track being a narrow monorail, and small cars exerting much less force compared to a traditional coaster.airtime_uk_ash said:I literally do not see the point in these. They are ugly as sin boring seem to lack any force whatsoever and trim the speed whenever things look like getting remotely exciting!