Gerstlauer 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
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
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.
See also: Dive Coasters
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.
See also: LSM Launch Coasters
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.
See also: Bobsled Coasters
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.
See also: LSM Launch Coasters
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.
See also: Tire Launch Coasters
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.
See also: Spinning Coasters
WILD MOUSE COASTER
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.
Han-Katten at BonBon-Land, Denmark
See also: Wild Mouse Coasters
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
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
Tel.: +49 8281 9968 0