|Click here to watch the on-ride POV|
|Bullet at Flamingo Land in 1992.|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Shuttle|
|Riders per train||24|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Area||78.7 feet × 137.8 feet|
Top speed50 mph
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 | edit source]
Bullet was erected at Wurstelprater in Vienna, Vienna, Austria, during 1982, where it was named Wiener Looping. It was located in the area "Nr. 1". Due to its very high noise level during testing, it never opened to the public and was taken down. 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.
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. It is possible that Wieland Schwarzkopf sold the roller coasters to Vekoma.
The Bullet was sold by Vekoma to Selva Mágica, 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. It reopened on December 20, 2014
Design[edit | edit source]
The train is launched backwards out the station and up the first spike. Gravity then pulls it down through the station. It then travels into the vertical loop and up the second spike. The course is then completed again backwards.
Trains[edit | edit source]
Single train with 6 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train. When built, the train had lap-bars only. At some point adjustable "accordion" restraints were added. These keep the rider seated upright, without featuring a full over-the-shoulder restraint.
Images[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
- Bullet on Schwarzkopf Coaster Net
|Roller coasters at Flamingo Land|
|Present||Dino Roller • Go Gator • Hero • Kumali • Mumbo Jumbo • Runaway Mine Train • Twistosaurus • Velocity • Zooom!|
|Former||Bullet • Corkscrew • Crazy Loop • Flying Trapeze • Magnum Force • Thunder Mountain • Wild Mouse|
|Roller coasters at Wurstelprater|
|Present||Auto BergBahn • Boomerang • Der Zug des Manitu • Dizzy Mouse • Hochschaubahn • Insider • Maskerade • Megablitz • Race • Super 8er Bahn • Teststrecke • Volare • Wilde Maus|
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