Hurricane (Vekoma product)

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Hurricane
Jester1.jpg
Jester in 2004
Status Discontinued
Number built 2
Statistics
Manufacturer
 Vekoma, Netherlands
Type Steel
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Length 590 metres
Inversions 3

Hurricane is the name of a compact roller coaster product from Dutch firm Vekoma. There were two installations, one of which is still operating.

History

The first Hurricane model was Comet at Walygator Grand Est in France. It officially opened in 1989.

Seven years after the opening of Comet, a second installation opened at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. It was called Joker's Revenge. Unlike the other one, the ride featured backwards trains. Joker's Revenge only operated for six seasons before its closure in 2001. It did not operate at all throughout the 2002 season. Then in 2003, it was relocated to Six Flags New Orleans and received a refurbishment. This included a new name, Jester.

Design

Elements

The model contains three inversions, which are a vertical loop and a double corkscrew. The model also features a helix after the double corkscrew element.

Trains

Both installations opened with trains built by Arrow Dynamics. They had the following design:

2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train.

Installations

There have been two installations, one of which remains operating.

Name Amusement park Location Opened Status
Comet Walygator Grand Est
Maizières-les-Metz, Grand Est, France
May 9, 1989 Operating
Jester
Formerly Joker's Revenge
Six Flags New Orleans
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
San Antonio, Texas, USA
April 13, 2003
May 10, 1996
Closed 2005
Closed 2001

External links


* Vekoma models