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Maurer launches bigger, better coaster vehicle

Since it was introduced in 2004, Maurer Söhne’s X-Car ride vehicle has found its way onto 17 rollercoasters worldwide. Now the German manufacturer is ready to up the ante with the introduction of the X-Train, suited to bigger, better and more dynamic coaster configurations

hat can be more exciting than seeing a new rollercoaster train for the first time? How about a rollercoaster train unveiled by girls

The new X-Train chassis More from

Maurer As well as the first X-Train coaster at Romon World in China, ride deliveries from Maurer Söhne in 2014 will include two new spinning coasters, one each for China and Ukraine. The German manufacturer hopes soon also to confirm details of a new duelling launch coaster, employing a similar ride system to Fioriano GT Challenge at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Maurer’s Vesna Sauer with

Bettina Maag from Maxmakers, Switzerland

in silver cat suits? That’s how Maurer chose to reveal the X-Train last month to a select group of industry professionals at its Munich headquarters. As the girls pulled the covers off the six car/24-seater train, an LED light show and high energy music filled the room. As with the X-Car, the X-Train offers modern styling and an open design with snug waist-level restraints rather than the over-the-shoulder restraints of old – allowing for maximum rider freedom and comfort. The minimum height requirement is just 1.2m (47”) and, depending on the size of your park’s average guest, you may also be impressed by the 135kg per passenger (21.25 stones/297 pounds) weight limit. Arranged in a V-shaped configuration, the four seats per car allow for unobstructed views of the track ahead. The X-Train runs on new 1.3m-wide track, with each tubular rail 220mm in diameter. Yet despite this, larger distances are permitted between supports. Larger wheels allow for higher speeds (up to 130kmh/80mph) and less maintenance, while a new bogie assembly with kingpin and springboard wheels ensures the cars stay firmly on track, as well as reducing vibration. New techniques employed by Maurer’s engineers ensure the train can handle forces of -1.2g to +5g – the highest g-forces in its class.

Set for a late 2014 public debut, the X-Train you see here will take guests for a ride on Legendary Dragon, one of two rollercoasters featuring as part of the opening line-up at the new Romon World theme park in Ningbo, China. The ride’s layout is a mirror image of Freischütz at Bayern Park in Germany, but on a larger scale, and like that ride it will feature an LSM “Flying Launch” with energy-recovering capabilities. Ultimately, the bigger train allows for bigger and more spectacular track configurations. Whilst the Roman World ride features a relatively-modest sized layout, rollercoasters of up to 60m (197ft) in height and over 1km in length are possible, either with an LSM launch or standard chain lift. Top speeds of 130km (80mph) are promised.

And of course higher load capacities can be accommodated with the six-car X-Train than with the typically twin-vehicle X-Car. Or, as Maurer sales director Wolfgang Brost told the assembled guests recently in Munich, “it would be hugely suited to Disney.”

The X-Train in profile

Future plans and custom configurations for the X-

Train include an integrated sound system with touch screen music selection (as featured on at Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit at Universal Studios Orlando), video cameras, LED lighting and social media connections. You’ll have to find your own silver-suited ladies.

The layout of the ride planned for Romon World in China

Front row seats for Maurer’s Wolfgang Brost (right) with Horst

Ruhe (left) and Ralf Reifferschiedt (bottom left)



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