Two years ago a prototype roller coaster was unveiled to the industry, which received rave reviews after an exclusive preview.
This new roller coaster was unique in two ways. The track layout used a unique vertical tower with both a vertical ascent and a vertical descent. The second was the use of compressed air that is used to accelerate the coaster train. The photos of this incredible ride were enough to make any coaster fan drool.
Well after two years the wait is almost over. This Spring Paramount's Kings Dominion will unveil the highly anticipated Hypersonic XLC, the world's first air-launched roller coaster. Designed by S&S Power of Logan, Utah, HyperSonic XLC will utilize the companies unique compressed air system to accelerate the trains from 0 to 80 mph in just 1.8 seconds!
Seated two abreast in an 8-passenger train riders will face a column of lights to signal red... yellow... green... GO... and then the train fires off like a dragster hitting 80 mph in just 1.8 seconds.
The launch while impressive is only the first part of the thrills that make this roller coaster so impressive. Following the launch riders will scream towards a vertical tower standing 17 stories tall where the train will ascend the tower at a 90-degree angle. Instead of falling backwards like other roller coasters, the train will crest over the top of the tower to descend the opposite side, straight down at a 90-degree angle!
During the ascent and descent riders will experience the sensation of floating as a result of negative G-forces. After descending the tower the ride will hit a series of hills before running out its course and returning to the station.
HyperSonic XLC is also the first roller coaster to use trains designed with shock absorbers and pneumatic tires. The tires look similar to the ones on your average car. The result of these innovations is an unbelievably smooth ride, which is certainly going to be a crowd-pleaser.
The ride will be located in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park. HyperSonic XLC is slated to open in March and will become the 11th roller coaster in Paramount's Kings Dominion's arsenal.
This summer when you feel that need for speed. Hop in your car and head Paramount's Kings Dominion for your fix...a ride on HyperSonic XLC.
Be sure to check out the Construction Photos for this amazing thrill ride!
Type of Coaster:
Compressed Air Launch
Height: 165 feet
Top Speed: 80 mph
Length: 1,560 feet
Angle of Descent: 90 degrees