Left: Hubert Gerstlauer in front of the roller
It is just a short hitch, but it is responsible for a very
strange feeling. Slowly the chain grabs the futuristic car and
pulls it in a vertical position. Seconds later you are lying on
your back, in front of you only the steel tower and the blue sky.
It seems unbelievably long before the car passes the top and you
regain the orientation. There is only time for a short look at the
vertical loop and the rest of the track, then the dive into the
depth follows. The test runs on Typhoon have begun.
"The last days TÜV was here, now the coaster has
passed the last tests", Erwin Haider of Gerstlauer
Elektro GmbH tells us while the car negotiates the vertical
loop behind him. "That´s always a big show for the
residents", he adds looking at the group of amazed kids on
the street. In Münsterhausen roller coasters are built for
almost 40 years, but only few of them are assembled completely on
the company site.
Der Inhaber dieser Domain parkt diese beim Domain-Parking-Programm.
Video clip download of the test rides at the
Gerstlauer factory (11,7 MB, DivX4)
The looping coaster Typhoon is installed on a steel
floor, additional foundations are superfluous. The complete roller
coaster was tested during December 2003, only the station building
and the final painting will be added till the opening at Bobbejaanland
in the North of Belgium in April 2004.
Typhoon - A roller coaster emerges
The following series of pictures and the video clip give a
first impression of this powerful ride, an experience between
weightlessness and positive forces up to 5.2g. The test riders
were very impressed and attest the obviously proud Hubert
Gerstlauer to have realized an innovative concept in a
Many thanks to Gerstlauer Elektro GmbH, Michael
Beckers and Rainer Ziesche for the friendly support on realizing this
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