Bullet

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Bullet
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Bullet at Flamingo Land in 1992.
General
Park Selva Mágica
Location
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Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Status Operating
Opened December 20, 2013
Statistics
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Shuttle
Riders per train 24
Riders per hour 1,400
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 131 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Inversions 1 (Riders experience 2)
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Bullet is a unique steel shuttle roller coaster built by Schwarzkopf circa. 1981. It is currently located at Selva Mágica in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico where it opened on December 20, 2013. Previously, it has operated at Wurstelprater in Austria, traveled the fair circuit in Germany and operated at Flamingo Land in the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

Bullet first operated at Wurstelprater, Austria during 1982, where it was named Wiener Looping. It was located in the area "Nr. 1" but was removed due to its high noise level. It was then relocated to Boardwalk and Baseball (then Circus World) in Florida, United States where it opened around 1984. It closed soon after due to its high intensity.

Bullet in storage at Selva Màgica.

In 1988, German showman company Goetzke bought the ride and had it refurbished by BHS. BHS added a second drive motor to the ride, reducing the initial launch speed. As a result, less power and maintenance is necessary to operate the ride. Goetzke operated it for two years as the Shuttle Loop. It was then sold to Flamingo Land, who reopened it as the Bullet in 1991 on the spot where Kumali stands now. On September 25, 2005, Bullet was closed. It is believed to have been sold to either Wieland Schwarzkopf or Vekoma.

The ride was offered for sale by Wieland Schwarzkopf for €1,350,000 in a 2008 advert.[1] It is possible that Wieland Schwarzkopf sold the roller coasters to Vekoma.

The Bullet was sold by Vekoma to Selva Màgica, where it lay in storage until August 2013, when vertical construction began. A video of the ride in operation was posted on the parks Facebook page in early December.[2] It reopened on December 20, 2014

Design[edit]

The train is launched backwards out the station and up the first spike. Gravity then pulls it down through the station and through the vertical loop, up the second spike. The course is then completed again backwards.

Trains[edit]

Single train with 6 cars . Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train. The train has adjustable "accordion" restraints, which keep the rider seated upright, without featuring a full over-the-shoulder restraint.

Images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Scott's Coaster Closet - Theme Park Reveiw
  2. Facebook post by Selva Mágica