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through the station for an additional round. This comes as a complete surprise to passengers as they expect the train to brake as it nears the station – instead, it speeds up over again. In the final round, the train flies through the station one last time before slowing down in the launch track and being smoothly pulled back to the station. Technically, this is realized by reversing the magnets’ polarity. The braking energy is regained and transformed into power for the next launch. This is not only innova- tive, but also enables energy savings of up to 30%.


“Freischütz” in Bayern Park: illuminated “Fire- Wheels” that turn the extreme ride in the X-Car into an experience for passersby, too. High-perfor- mance LEDs guarantee an impressive spectacle, even during the day. The new technology is patent pending, yet surprisingly inexpensive. This is one area where Maurer Rides once again demonstrates that good ideas are the decisive criterion for suc- cess in the end.


Another feature that will be debuted at the Freischütz is the FlyingLaunch: a unique system in which the operator can accelerate the train


X-Train: the X-Car’s bigger brother But the X-Car as a single vehicle and its numerous advantages is by no means a sign of the end of roller coaster trains. The Munich-based designers’ tradi- tion in that field goes back much too far to reject the challenge of transferring the X Car’s agility and versatility to trains, too. This is why it is getting a big brother: the X-Train. The innovative vehicle features a capacity of 36 passengers distributed to four X-Seats per row. The result is an exceptionally powerful and fascinating machine whose floorless option also en- sures new dimensions of freedom: it is “topless” like the X-Car, but floorless as well, giving wings to roller coaster engineers’ imaginations for new layouts. Five years of the X-Car have led to a well-engineered sys- tem with several different versions, but as the X-Train demonstrates, the sky is the limit when it comes to roller coasters, new ideas are plentiful, and the years ahead promise to be exciting ones.


Below left:: Test set-up of the FireWheels


Below: Model of the X-Train


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