Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dare you take this ride?

Oooh... my paper and zaobao both did a write-up about our dueling coasters today (Jun 10).

Here's what we shared with the media:
By end this week, about 15 per cent of the tracks of our dueling coasters (双轨过山车) would have been installed. When all the tracks are linked and completed around September, the twin coasters will be one of the world’s tallest dueling coasters at more than 40 metres tall.

This is one of the highlights in Universal Studios Singapore. The roller coaster is called Battlestar Galactica(太空堡垒卡拉狄加)because it brings riders on a thrilling aerial duel between Humans (red tracks) and Cylons (blue tracks). To date, more than 240 reinforced concrete foundation bases were cast to carry the steel columns which support the tracks of the Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters. Laid end to end, each set of coaster tracks will stretch 992m. Two types of space craft for the different tracks are due to arrive in Singapore this September.

The Human coaster (seated coaster on red tracks) is designed for riders who want a roller coaster experience with no inversions. But those who ally themselves to the Cylons (suspended coaster on blue tracks) will travel on a space craft that will perform more intense manoeuvres such as one inverted loop, one cobra roll and one helix spiral. The Cylon coaster will also plunge into a 5-metre deep pit filled with artificial fog to give thrill seekers the sensation of a near miss with the ground. Besides, part of the ride will take place over a lagoon.

In short, the exciting loops, sudden turns, breathtaking drops and thrilling near-collisions will make you scream your heart out.

Universal Studios Singapore, being the first world class movie-theme park in South East Asia, will feature 24 rides and attractions of which 18 attractions are specially created or redesigned for Singapore. The Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters is one of these 18 attractions and it allows thrill-seekers to brush past one another in several near misses in their aerial combat. Visitors can choose to blast off on the side of the Humans or with the Cylons.
Read ZaoBao's article on this here.

Quick facts:

World’s tallest dueling coasters tipping 42.5 m.
Tracks laid end-to-end: 2 km ( each track is 992m).
Part of the coasters go over water.
The Cylon coaster promises one inversion, one cobra roll and one helix spiral.

At one point, it plunges into a 5m deep, dark, foggy pit. You’ll think that you are about to hit ground.
Footprint of 11,550m2, the size of 1.5 football field. (7,140 sq m)
Pea gravel is used for the filling of the running rails of the track to make them quieter.
The two cars catapult off at 95Km/hr.

Cylons: Blue, suspended.
Seated: Red, Human

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