Extreme Engineering Unveils New Details About Cloud Coaster
Jeff Wilson, CEO of Extreme Engineering, spoke about the fully customizable Cloud Coaster and Space Track. The previous track format, the I track, limited installation opportunities because it had to be hung from the ceiling. In order to open the possibilities of installation outdoors and in a larger variety of indoor locations a new track system, known as Space Track, has been developed. Space Track is a triangular track with grounded supports that utilizes the same triple wheel system seen in standard rollercoaster carts.
A single operator is all the is needed, even if the ride features multiple lift hills. Additional lifts can be manually controlled by buttons at the loading platform or by on track sensors. This attraction will have a height requirement of 42 inches and a weight restriction of 45 to 250 pounds. The single rider setup has a capacity of 100 to 240 riders per hour. Another debuted feature is a tandem rider setup which will cater to riders who “will go, but only if you go” such as a child with their parent or a couple on a date per Mr. Wilson. Any type of harness, can be hung from the tandem design which itself can be customized to fit a client’s theme.
CEO Jeff Wilson also spoke about the incredible low cost of maintaining and running his system. The power required to lift riders up the hill is equivalent to a household hair dryer. Speed is controlled with a frictionless magnetic braking system to prevent excessive lateral swing during and after turns. This type braking system eliminates wear and tear. This braking system means the ride can be installed and operated in any type of climate.
At this time a launch system is in development, that according to Mr. Wilson will involve “old world technology” likened to that of a catapult which will make use of a polymer spring. At this, no other information on the launch system has been released.
We did speak to one of the consultants for the coaster about a rumor. Rumor here in Orlando is that one of the Cloud Coasters will be hitting the Margaritaville Resort when it opens in Kissimmee. We did get a wink and a comment that their were plans to put these coasters in “some of the Margaritaville resorts, but we can’t say where!” Is this a good indication that we could get one here in Orlando?
Continue to check back for further updates and announcements from Extreme Engineering.