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^Isn't there such thing as a cable launch?

Yes but as mentioned there are no brake fin slots making a launching coaster out of the question.

 

What about a hydraulic lift like Bakken's Tornado...or does that require brake fins?

 

Why would they build a hydraulic lift when they are already good at cable lifts? There's no reason to re-invent the wheel here.

 

It's clearly a coaster with a cable lift, there's really no discussing that farther unless something else shows up on site to prove otherwise.

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^Isn't there such thing as a cable launch?

Yes but as mentioned there are no brake fin slots making a launching coaster out of the question.

 

What about a hydraulic lift like Bakken's Tornado...or does that require brake fins?

 

Why would they build a hydraulic lift when they are already good at cable lifts? There's no reason to re-invent the wheel here.

 

It's clearly a coaster with a cable lift, there's really no discussing that farther unless something else shows up on site to prove otherwise.

 

Uhh...notice he didnt say "make a hydraulic lift from stratch" He is saying using one LIKE on a coaster that is already existed therefore it is already a coaster with a hydraulic lift.

 

Jarvis "the wheel apparently has been re-invented" Morant

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^Either way, the lift track on Tornado at Bakken looks nothing like the track from KD. In fact, it seems to look much more like Millenium Force's track (as previously mentioned.

 

And of course there's always the direct text from the Intamin website that states that a giga coaster's "vehicles are pulled up the lift by means of a catch car, which is connected to a steel cable system. The cable guiding and hoisting unit uses well proven technology from the Swiss Cable Car Industry. Intamin has developed an innovative and unique system in order to pick up the train while still located in the horizontal load position, without the use of a secondary drive system. This guarantees a smooth acceleration and transition into the 45 degree steep lift."

 

So once again, it's clearly a coaster with a cable lift, there's really no discussing that farther unless something else shows up on site to prove otherwise.

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Well...Its not TOO much to add to the conversation, but I can say where the track is coming from! It's coming from Norfolk International Terminals in...well, you should be able to guess the city . I got the opportunity to drive next to the track in traffic in Norfolk today. SUCH an honor haha.

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I'm confused. Not that I think this coaster is going to be launched, but if we've been seeing the same cable lift design for 2 weeks, and now the top of it arrives with the same design, I'm not sure how this settles it. It's the top. All coasters, launched or lifted, have tops...

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Typically launched coasters aren't launched on an incline (except for Maverick, but that uses LSM). Doing so probably wouldn't be good on the crest of the hill and it would produce insane airtime and speed at the base....unless.... lol.

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