Here are 2 examples of LSM Launch Coaster
Phantasialand, Germany – “Taron”
TARON is full of surprises and riders will not have time to take their breath. With this unique layout, the track crosses an unbelievable 116 times, which is a World record for any coaster. TARON holds a total of 4 World Records. Besides being the fastest multi launch coaster in the world, having the fastest catapult drive (LSM) in the world, it is also the longest multi launch coaster of its kind in the world and the number of intersections is breaking any record.
Another major innovation and also most important factor of TARON’s success is Intamin’s newly developed train for this LSM Multi Launch Coaster. One of the most important requirements were highest passenger comfort and this for all body sizes, a high degree of freedom and with this no shoulder restraint, an elevated seating position so that riders cannot touch the floor thus increasing the feeling of flying, and no bar or other form of obstacle between the seats in each row (also to allow for an easier and quicker loading/unloading).
As for the layout, the 1320 meter long journey begins at the station where riders board the 16 passenger train. After a short dark section, the train reaches the launch. Once the train comes to a stop, the train is launched from a standing still position to a breathtaking speed by means of Intamin’s LSM drive system. The riders go over a number of humps and hills, through S-curves, high banked curves and tunnels, before the train is boosted on the 2nd launch to reach its top speed of 117 km/h. What follows is the spectacular combination of many near miss elements, additional air time and all this at a real fast pace. Shortly before the end, the train is decelerated by eddy current (i.e. magnetic) brakes making the stop as smooth as the whole ride.
Ferrari Land-PortAventura World, Spain – “Red Force”
Looking at Ferrari World in PortAventura there is one thing not to miss, the “Prancing Horse” (Ferrari Logo) protruding from the tower of RED FORCE. Without a doubt, RED FORCE has already made its mark in the park as its svelte form is visible from several kilometers away and has become an integral part of PortAventura World’s skyline.
RED FORCE experience starts at the acceleration station, a real recreation of a Formula One pit stop. Intamin’s exceptional LSM drive system, which is the most powerful available on the market, catapults the train to a thrilling speed of 180km/h in less than 5 seconds. This acceleration is equivalent to 1.35g, making it a veritable experience for racing fans and speed lovers. At the end of the launch track, riders are pushed back into their seat feeling the tremendous momentum of 4.8g before zooming up the 112 meter high tower. On top of the tower, riders hold their breath prior to dropping back down at a 90° angle, picking up full speed again, before hitting the brakes and moving back to the station. The three Ferrari Formula One look alike trains, painted in the exclusive Ferrari Rosso Corsa racing red, offer an hourly capacity of 1’200 passenger.
With its height and speed this attraction is Europe’s unrivaled HIGHEST and FASTEST roller coaster.