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The new coaster, steel instead of wood, appears to be Zamperla's first foray into building a compact coaster similar to the Gerstlauer Euro Fighter models. The new Thunderbolt will stand 125 feet tall, have 2,000+ feet of track, and hit a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour. The ride's layout will include several inversions and utilize three cars each carrying up to nine passengers at a time.
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You can also see the new Steeplechase Plaza with the resurrected B&B Carousel under construction on the map above. With that development now open, and the coaster coming next year there will be much less undeveloped space along the stretch of the boardwalk. I'm looking forward to seeing how the first custom-designed ride in the 'new' era of Coney Island turns out!
CAI Parks has released a new video showing off Thunderbolt Reborn - which gives us new details on the coaster.
The movie shows that there is one big change from the concept art shown at the start of this story - Thunderbolt Reborn will use an elevator lift instead of a vertical one. That's definitely new technology for Zamperla, but I suppose it does help save some space. Here we see the ride's station area, and right after dispatch the car moves forward onto the elevator section.
The video shows the car being lifted up and it appears as though the tower itself rotates 180 degrees in order to get the car headed in the correct direction. There is another lift segment on the other side of the tower, moving downward as the car goes up, to get ready for the next dispatch. Similar to what we've seen on Intamin lifts for the plunge rides.
Here's a shot of the car moving into place at the top of the tower. The car has three rows of seats, each row has three seats for a total of nine passengers. Hopefully they plan ahead and maybe make a single rider line to help fill that third seat.
The ride's layout starts with a 125 foot plunge downward, and up into a large vertical loop. After that is what looks like a modified corkscrew, stretched out so that it slightly resembles a heartline roll. A heavily banked wave turn is after that, and then trains quickly enter a reverse dive loop, for lack of better words. Two long camel hills lead the trains back to the final brakes.
Here's the video!