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Xcelerator

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Xcelerator
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A train launching into the top hat element
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Knott's Berry Farm
Location Buena Park, California, USA
Status Operating since June 22, 2002
Replaced Windjammer Surf Racers
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Type Steel - Launched
Model / product Accelerator Coaster
Riders per train 20
Hourly capacity 1,330
Propulsion Hydraulic launch (0 - 82 mph in 2.3s)
Height205 feet
Drop200 feet
Top speed82 mph
Length2,202 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop90°
Duration1:02
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Xcelerator is a steel launched roller coaster located at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, USA. Xcelerator opened on June 22, 2002[1] as Intamin's first hydraulically-launched roller coaster. The ride is located in the same area of the park where Windjammer Surf Racers once operated.

Design[edit]

Elements

Following the hydraulic launch, riders travel over a 205 foot tall top hat.

Trains[edit]

A train inside the station

2 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train. Riders are secured by lap-bar restraints.

Rollbacks[edit]

Occasionally, the train will not make it over the hat element. The train will launch, make it part way up the hill, and roll back into the launch. This is safe and can happen on any launched roller coaster.

Incident[edit]

On September 16, 2009 during the launch a cable snapped. A man and his 12-year-old son were hit with debris while sitting in the front row and subsequently taken to hospital, with the 12-year-old suffering damage to his leg.[2] A settlement between the family and Knott's was reached in 2011.[3]

Trivia[edit]

The final round of the cancelled Cartoon Network game show, Brainrush, took place on this coaster. The final contestant would have to spit out answers fitting under a certain category (ex. American Idol winners) while riding. They would then gain the option to double their money in a final round where they would be asked only one question. If contestants answered their question right, the coaster would launch, but if they didn't, they would be forced off without getting to ride. In addition, contestants would always receive the opportunity to earn extra money by eating some type of meal before the ride.

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