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I used to think Intamin had rather garish supports (Volcano...), but with I305 and now cheetah hunt, their current approach is spectacular.

 

You can see in these pictures one superfluous support rising about 20 feet above the track, and from more recent pics, there are two more themeing-only supports attached to the apex.

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Not gonna lie, that figure 8 element looks incredibley painful, even for a smooth coaster built by Intamin.

 

You maybe right on the figure 8 being painful. I'll ride it at least once. As I said earlier in the thread, I'm not a big fan of some of the latest Intamin "creations." I guess we'll all know soon with all the progress on this ride.

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Please take this with a HUGE grain of salt. One of my family members visited BGT this summer and completed a guest survey which included possible names for the coaster. She pronounced cheetakah like Chiquita (banana). She and her boyfriend shared this story with me last weekend. Could this be the reason for the name change?

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^What I am most curious about is, how is Intamin and the park determined how the ride will be going at rate fast enough to crest the top, and be only gong 10 mph through the 8. I have always guessed that some form of trims would be placed at the top to moderate its speed...

 

The same way neither Top Thrill Dragstor nor Kingda Ka don't fling guests over the top hat.

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I think it's called engineering.

 

There are a lot of rides that do exactly that. Like Wild Thing* at Valleyfair. It's a fairly fast ride until you get to the big turnaround. Of course, the absolute best ride at going fast and then going slower than a crawl is Grizzly at CGA.

 

*Edited because I was in idiot and put Steel Venom!

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The turnaround looks totally cool and unique...but I agree, the transition into the first turn looks...weird.

 

Regardless, I have yet to ride an Intamin that I didn't adore, so I can't wait to experience this next year!

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^What I am most curious about is, how is Intamin and the park determined how the ride will be going at rate fast enough to crest the top, and be only gong 10 mph through the 8. I have always guessed that some form of trims would be placed at the top to moderate its speed...

 

When a coaster train goes uphill, it loses speed. Shocking indeed. So when the train crests to the top of the 8, it will be going slower than it did a couple seconds earlier! Hope that's clear enough...

 

I think the new element looks great! I can't wait for those banners etc. to be added to the ride!

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I don't think Intamin actually creates the name of the ride. This is more likely done by Busch Gardens.

 

I was under the impression that Busch supervised the design of the ride's theming.

 

When a coaster train goes uphill, it loses speed. Shocking indeed. So when the train crests to the top of the 8, it will be going slower than it did a couple seconds earlier! Hope that's clear enough...

 

THIS.

 

Why would you want to be going fast around turns with such small amounts of roll anyway?

 

If you'll pardon my analogy, it's like a Cheetah, sprinting really fast, then getting tired and taking a break, then starting to run again.

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Awesome new shots of that Figure-8 element; thanks!... Yeah, may need to add this one just below the new Texas Giant on the "Must Ride 2011" list.

 

[i'm getting very squirmy thinking about what BG Europe/Williamsburg/TheOldCountry has up its multi-launched sleeve... ]

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^Don't consider it a bashing... I think you've been here long enough to realize that everyone has to have a sense of humor about things here. Even questions or statements that may seem dumb can be laughed at at some point.

 

Trust me, people are still laughing at me for some of the things I said years ago on this forum... But now, I just laugh with them. It works really well, I promise!

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Thanks for the bashing guys... I was only asking a question.

 

Sensitive much?

 

I don't think Intamin actually creates the name of the ride. This is more likely done by Busch Gardens.

 

I was under the impression that Busch supervised the design of the ride's theming.

 

 

Okay, now you are just confusing me...

 

Anyways, you are correct in that Busch has input about the ride's theming. More than likely Busch approached Intamin with the idea and then Intamin ran with that and made the design you see today.

 

The point I was trying to make is that Intamin did not create the name of the ride, that was Busch. From your original statement, you implied that Intamin made great rides but their naming left something to be desired. At least, that is how I interpreted it.

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^Don't consider it a bashing... I think you've been here long enough to realize that everyone has to have a sense of humor about things here. Even questions or statements that may seem dumb can be laughed at at some point.

 

Trust me, people are still laughing at me for some of the things I said years ago on this forum... But now, I just laugh with them. It works really well, I promise!

 

Don't worry Adam, none of us even remember your wheelchair seat comments.

No really, none of us!

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