This has to go in my top 10 personal favorites list. It reminds me of the ride Stealth at Thorpe Park!
Xcelerator is a steel launched roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Intamin have yet again succeeded in designing and constructing they’re first hydraulically-launched coaster they have ever done. Xcelerator is the fourth Intamin ride at Knott’s Farm. The other three Knott’s rides were The Sky Cabin, Bigfoot Rapids and Perilous Plunge.
Xcelerator’s powerful hydraulic catapult motor accelerates the train to 82 mph in 2.3seconds. It only uses 157 feet of track to launch the train. Now that’s my type of ride! Fast!
The twin hydraulic catapult motor throws a mad 10,500 horsepower each! The coaster only needs to hit the 82 miles per hour mark to get over the vertical climb but I don’t see the point of this if it can reach speeds of 177 miles per hour. (188 Km/h) I’m sure that would be a lot more exciting.
The launch track has to push the train the whole way up the vertical climb in 3 seconds to reduce the chances of a “roll back” To prevent a roll back from happening. The magnetic braking system consists of mounted magnetic calipers on the trains themselves and copper alloy fins mounted onto the track. The alloy fins on the launch section retract during the launching procedure so as to not interfere with the train. To slow the train in case of a rollback, they raise section by section after the train has passed them. The brake fins on the brake block are stationary and cannot be lowered. Vehicles are traveling at approximately 67 miles per hour when entering final block section (brake run).
After getting launched 205 feet to the top, it soars through 2 corked screw turns, one going up and one going down. Followed by two huge over banked turns before returning to the station platform.
There are two trains on the Xcelerator , one is purple and one is red. They are designed to look like the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertibles.
Each train is 5 cars long and holds 20 passengers. The maximum of trains that can be used on this ride is 2. During the slow seasons, it’s not infrequent to see only one train in use but throughout the summer and peak season, both trains are generally used. This 2011 season, the trains were re-painted to an American flag style.
Whenever I get on a roller coaster, I always judge how I feel on the restraints and not only on the track. If I don’t feel safe and secure, I intend to panic quietly to myself.
This ride has T-bar restraints and they always feel safe. I’ll get on any coaster but I guarantee that you all think they will come loose and you’re that 1 in 1 millionth person that has an accident! It’s natural no?
Did you know , the ride cannot operate in the rain. Not even a drop or drizzle! This is to prevent rollbacks due to hydroplaning on the launch track. The track usually needs to dry until maintenance has cleared it to function again before the first test shot is made. This is to reduce the chance of a rollback.
On September 16, 2009 a cable snapped on the ride, sending pieces of fragments flying causing slight injuries to the leg of a twelve year old boy. Both the boy and another male rider, who protested of back pain, were taken to the hospital, and were later released. The ride has since been reopened.
Current Coaster Name: Xcelerator Current Park Name: Knotts’s Berry Farm Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Buena Park, California, USA Status: Operating Links: http://www.knotts.com/ Cost: $13,000,000
Type: Steel Launched Opened: June 22nd, 2002 Designer: Werner Stengel Features: Hydraulic Launch, Vertical Height: 205 feet Max Drop: 200 ft (61 m) Max Speed: 82 mph (132 km/h) Length: 2202 feet Acceleration: 0 − 82 mph (132 km/h) in 2.3 seconds Inversions: 0 Duration: 1.02 Trains: 2 Capacity: 1330 per hour