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Maurer Sohne and Their X-Coasters

July 3, 2012

Maurer Sohne is a Germain coaster manufacturer. In 2004 they unveiled their X-Coasters. You are held into the X-Car by a simple lab bar yet the rides can execute insane elements. The first of these new types of rides opened at Skyline Park in Germany. Petty much the lift hill pulls riders straight up a vertical lift, at the top the cars flip upside down. After that they twist through a full barrel roll, so they’re upside down again, and dive. The entire coaster is basically this one Skyloop. There has been one Skyloop coaster that has added on to this basic layout and added a couple turns and an airtime hill, it is Abismo at Parque de Atracciones de Madrid. Other than that though, all Skyloop coasters are identical.

Aside from the Skyloop though, Maurer Shone also creates other X-Coasters. The largest of these is the famous Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Orlando. HRRR was the first Maurer Shone coaster to incorporate music into the ride.

They have also started to venture into the launched coaster arena. Formule X was the first launched X-Coaster. After that there was no stopping them. Now Maurer Shone has created a concept that is excellent for smaller parks. A ride operator may let the coaster continue through the station to ride again without stopping. So far this has only been used on Freischütz at Bayern Park in Germany.

I haven’t ridden an X-Coaster but they look very fun!

What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

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3 Comments
  1. Matt P permalink

    So basically an X coaster is a coaster with s lap bar that executes inversions? Wait that can’t be right because Gerstlauer built Dare Devil Dive which has no OTSRs and goes upside down and there are all those Schwarzkopf loopers. I am a bit confused.

    • An X-Coaster is pretty much any coaster with Maurer Shone’s X-Car. Maurer Shone just named it the X-Car. So Dare Devil Dive is not an X-Coaster because it is made by Gerstlauer and doesn’t have an X-Car. sorry about the misunderstanding. Here is the X-Coaster website http://www.maurer-rides.com/x-coaster/x-car/ I hope it clears things up. Thanks for reading. 🙂

      • Matt P permalink

        Ok I get it now. The X car looks awesome! The seat looks like a B&M hyper seat and the restraint system kind of looks like the lap bar used on the gravity group’s timberliner trains and on S&S’s Hypersonic XLC and Dodonpa. These X-cars look very cool. I wonder why there are many of these that I have heard of other than Rip Ride Rockit. I would like to ride one.

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