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Freedom on the tracks


Above: SkyLoop XT450 “Abismo”, Parque de Atracciones , Madrid, Spain


Right: XV2000 “Dream Coaster”, Iraq; Opening: June 2010


The X-Car turns five


Below: SkyLoop XT450 “Abismo”, Parque de Atracciones , Madrid, Spain


In recent years, hardly any other vehicle has influ- enced the roller coaster world as much as the X-Car. A trendsetter in terms of design, technology, and ergonomics, it received numerous awards in all three of these categories. But particularly revolutionary was the unique and innovative seat safety system. Performing inversions without a shoulder bar for the first time ever gave an entirely new meaning to the statement “freedom on the tracks.” The X-Car is the embodiment of this new freedom. The term “revolution” is not so far-fetched, either, since it is far more than just a technical develop- ment. The X-Car offers passengers an entirely new kind of ride experience. Where shoulder bars used to offer constricting safety when it came to inversions or negative g forces, the X-Car – allowing for an unrestricted torso – now offers an entirely new kind of coaster experience on several well-known track designs.


Revolutionary roller coaster designs The X-Car’s success is also related to a masterful combination of its strengths with perfectly ap- propriate track layouts. The first location to push the X-Car into the spotlight had to be truly one of a kind. Thus developed the idea of the world’s highest inversion: compact and innovative to the max. Out of that vision, the SkyLoop was born and quickly established itself as a unique attraction in the world. Since then, SkyLoop numbers five and six are being planned and will be ready to guaran- tee unforgettable experiences as of 2011. The new ride inspired the roller coaster designers to create new highlights by combining conventional roller coaster elements with the new X-Car. For example, take a straight vertical lift and give it an arc, and you have got a loop lift that leaves passengers with their hearts heading towards their stomachs. The X-Car Coaster XV2000 has since been realized twice and has been thrilling coaster fans in both England and Iraq.


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