New Dual Power Coaster Technology Creates Racing Sensations
A roller coaster capable of doing spin-outs and other racing moves was unveiled by innovative ride manufacturer Dynamic Attractions at the global exposition for theme park operators put on by the International Attractions and Amusement Parks Association (IAAPA).
“The Dual Power Coaster the world’s most advanced roller coaster vehicle,” states Hao Wang, President, Dynamic Attractions. “Most coasters are all about the track. That is only half of the excitement in this ride, where the cart itself is powered and moves, creating racing sensations never possible before on a roller coaster.”
The unique roller coaster vehicles have new technology that allow four degrees of freedom (4-DOF); these motion platforms enable each vehicle to pitch forward, roll side-to-side, change heading, and heave up and down while moving along the track. Wang explains how this feels to guests,
“The Dual Power Coaster simulates drifting, air time, 360-spin outs, and other racing phenomena which have been impossible up until now.”
In addition to the 4-DOF motion platform, it has dual propulsion. The combination of On-Board drive and an Off-Board Linear Synchronous Motor drive heightens the experience for guests. “Imagine racing on a track and then suddenly ‘powering-up’ to boost your speed,” adds Wang.
Dynamic Attractions’ first Dual Power Coaster will open in Malaysia in the Spring of 2019.
“Theme parks are eager for the next centerpiece attraction because it draws guests,” adds Wang. “The Dual Power Coaster offers a dramatically new sensory experience. It will be a game-changer for creative teams, park owners and guests.”
Dynamic Attractions’ new products have consistently been recognized by IAAPA as the ‘Best New Product Concept’. Over the past three years, the coveted Brass Ring has been awarded to Dynamic’s All-Terrain Dark Ride (2017), Motion Theater (2016), and SFX Coaster (2015).
The concept, if filed patents are built, may be making a stateside debut soon. In the last major patent filing by Universal Studios, a similar ride concept was patented. The ride would consist of a car connected to a cantilever frame connected to a chassis that rolls along the track. This design is strikingly similar to the concepts released by Dynamic Attractions.
The patented ride concept also would consist of a car capable of the same rotations and motions seen in the company concept animations. The patent highlighted the car’s ability to imitate a spin out, which would imply Universal is looking at the ride to emulate a Mario-Kart style experience.
But, remember, documents do not always mean it will happen, so until it is officially announced by the park, take it with a grain of salt…
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