Munich. Maurer Söhne has taken on quite an icy challenge. The Munich-based roller coaster specialists are set to realize their 20th Spinning Coaster in the polar winter: The SC 3000 will see the light of day at Linnanmäki Amusement Park near Helsinki in Finland. As for the decision in favour of the Munich based manufacturer, Park Director Risto Räikkönen gives a simple reason: "We have tested the Maurer Spinning Coaster and it convinced us in terms of quality, comfort and seating."
The first challenge to meet is the markedly hilly site as well as the fact that the new SC 3000 will be installed above an existing water ride. But it is meanwhile widely known that Maurer equals challenges with opportunities. The challenge begins right in the station: It is located directly above the water ride and provides for a diversified experience for both the queuing coaster guests and the passengers within the water ride.
At various positions, the coaster's 420 m (1380 ft) long tracks run near the water ride layout, whereas the regulations in view of distance and safety are of course strictly observed. Right after the start in a 17 m (56 ft.) high lift, the Spinning Coaster tracks run extremely near the water ride as passengers experience the first S-curve.
Pleasure of a Twisty Ride
The coaster's track curves seem endless and after an intensive spinning fun and several "crossings" with the water ride, not few of the riders might have lost their sense of orientation. To make the roller coaster fun complete, riders enjoy a spectacular Immelman turn and a gorgeous flip. The vehicle travels along a meandering track that runs around a few columns, before making its way up into a left curve. After a short airtime, the passengers plunge down to the valley again on the right, while going through a slalom course on their way down.
The curvy layout embedded in challenging surroundings is clearly aimed at creating a great deal of spinning effects. The coaster features a compact construction and can manage a capacity of 600 persons per hour with its six four-seater gondolas.
The place where future riders will be swirling around with enjoyment is, for the time being, the working site for roller coaster technicians who are expected to perform high-precision work under extreme conditions. The coaster will be erected in the middle of the polar night on a hilly site above the existent water ride. The foundations must be put into the ground in September. The steel construction will begin as from January 2008. Maurer Söhne rely upon their high-precision manufacturing quality and are convinced that the 20th Spinning Coaster can be delivered in due time. The opening is scheduled for April 2008.