22 Oct 2012
October 22, 2012

New roller coaster planned at Liseberg

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Photo: www.projekthelix.se

We are located right next to Liseberg amusement park. Liseberg is one of Europe’s top amusement parks, attracting around 3.2 million visitors each year. This makes Liseberg Sweden’s most popular tourist attraction.

Last week, Liseberg issued a press release announcing a forthcoming new attraction. Liseberg’s new record-long, record-fast roller coaster is due to open in spring 2014. The new ride will represent Liseberg’s biggest ever investment in an attraction.

The working title for the new attraction is Projekt Helix. Liseberg’s ambition is for this to be one of the world’s greatest roller coasters. The track will be nearly 1.4 km long, with a ride length of almost two minutes. Along the way, there will be two acceleration points where LSM (linear synchronous motor) technology will speed up the car, making this Europe’s first double-acceleration roller coaster.

Riders will be turned upside down six times, experiencing “air time” – a sensation of weightlessness – on four occasions. And with speeds of up to 100 km/h, the new ride will also be Liseberg’s fastest.

Liseberg’s President and CEO Andreas Andersen calls Projekt Helix “the Rolls-Royce of roller coasters”:
“The ride has comfort, smoothness and freedom. You can do almost anything with the track system, and we have tried to use that advantage to the maximum.”

About Projekt Helix:
Investment: SEK 200 million
Length of track: 1,355 m
Max. speed: 100 km/h
Max. height: 41 m
Acceleration: 4.2 g
Ride time: 110 seconds
Capacity: Approx. 1,310 passengers per hour

Projekt Helix has its own website for those who want to find out more:
www.projekthelix.se

Other unique roller coasters around the world

The tallest…
The world’s tallest roller coaster is Kingda Ka, at the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in New Jersey, USA.
Kingda Ka’s top height is 139 metres, with a top speed of 206 km/h.
Kingda Ka was opened in May 2005.

The fastest…
The world’s fastest roller coaster is Formula Rossa, at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Formula Rossa’s top height is 60 metres, and goes from 0-240 km/h in just 4.9 seconds! Which is pretty fast…
Formula Rossa was opened in November 2010.

The world’s highest situated roller coaster: Cliffhanger.
Photo: From Glenwood Caverns Adventure Parks Facebook page

The highest situated…
The world’s highest situated roller coaster is Cliffhanger, at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado, USA. Cliffhanger was built at a height of 2,100 meters in the Rocky Mountains.
Cliffhanger was opened in June 2012.

The steepest…
The world’s steepest roller coaster is Takabisha, at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Yamanash, Japan. One of the drops is 43 metres long at an angle of 121 degrees, which should be enough to satisfy any thrill-seeker! Takabisha means “dominant” in Japanese.
Takabisha was opened in July 2011.

Lena Johansson, Gothia Towers

Photo: www.projekthelix.se