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Euro-Fighter

This article is about the product by Gerstlauer. For the roller coaster at Zoosafari Fasanolandia, see Eurofighter.

The Euro-Fighter is a popular steel roller coaster design built by Gerstlauer. The first installation was Vild-Svinet at BonBon-Land in Denmark, and since then another 14 have been built. The majority of Euro-Fighters are custom designed for the park, but there are also pre-designed models.

The longest and steepest Euro-Fighter to date is Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan, which is also the steepest roller coaster in the world, with a 121 degree drop.

Design[edit | edit source]

The main characteristic of the model line is its 'beyond vertical' drop, which reaches angles of over 90 degrees. Also, the lift hill is vertical and precedes the drop, forming a tower (pictured right) which is easily recognizable.

Riders sit in single cars, seating 8 riders in two rows of four. Two exceptions are Huracan at Belantis and Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia, which use cars similar to Gerstlauer's launched roller coasters, searing 6 riders in three rows of two. The cars use over-the-shoulder restraints, and may be themed (to an extent) to a customer's needs. Dare Devil Dive is the first Euro-Fighter to use the new lap-bar restraints.

The Euro-Fighter can feature a wide variety of inversions, such as the vertical loop, cobra roll, immelman and heartline roll. Some recent Euro-Fighters also feature LSM launches. Gerstlauer have also introduced new inversions with the Euro-Fighter, such as the banana roll. This model was superseded by the Infinity Coaster in 2013, but Gerstlauer still sells some stock models, like the 320+ and the 1000. They even designed a new stock model named the 320, the first of which (Hydrus at Casino Pier) opened in 2017.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Installations[edit | edit source]

Name Amusement park Country Model Steepest drop Opened Status
Abyss Adventure World
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Australia
Custom 100° November 1, 2013 Operating
Adrenaline Peak Oaks Amusement Park
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USA
320 97° March 24, 2018 Operating
Dare Devil Dive Six Flags Over Georgia
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USA
Custom 95° May 28, 2011 Operating
Eurofighter Zoosafari Fasanolandia
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Italy
Custom 97° August 6, 2011 Operating
Falcon Duinrell
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Netherlands
320+ 97° May 14, 2009 Operating
Fluch von Novgorod Hansa Park
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Germany
Custom 97° April 9, 2009 Operating
Huracan Belantis
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Germany
Custom 97° June 26, 2010 Operating
Hydrus Casino Pier
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USA
320 97° May 6, 2017 Operating
Iron Shark Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
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USA
380 95° June 1, 2012 Operating
Krater Parque Nacional Del Café
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Colombia
380 97° December 19, 2014 Operating
Mystery Mine Dollywood
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USA
Custom 95° April 13, 2007 Operating
Predator IMG Worlds of Adventure
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United Arab Emirates
320+ 97° August 31, 2016 Operating
Rage Adventure Island
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UK
320+ 97° February 10, 2007 Operating
Saw - The Ride Thorpe Park
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UK
Custom 100° March 14, 2009 Operating
Serpent SindiPark
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Morocco
320+ 97° 2015 Operating
Speed Oakwood Theme Park
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UK
Custom 97° April 13, 2006 Operating
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge Nickelodeon Universe
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USA
Custom Unknown March 15, 2008 Operating
Takabisha Fuji-Q Highland
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Japan
1000 121° July 16, 2011 Operating
Tantrum Darien Lake
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USA
380 95° May 25, 2018 Operating
Typhoon Bobbejaanland
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Belgium
670/8 97° April 10, 2004 Operating
Untamed Canobie Lake Park
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USA
320+ 97° June 11, 2011 Operating
Vild-Svinet BonBon-Land
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Denmark
500/8 97° May 16, 2003 Operating
unknown Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park
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USA
1000 121.5° 2019 Under construction