HyperSonic XLC

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HyperSonic XLC
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Kings Dominion
Location Doswell, Virginia, USA
Status Defunct
Operated March 24, 2001 to October 28, 2007
Cost $15,000,000 USD
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
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Manufacturer S&S Worldwide
Type Steel - Launched
Product Thrust Air Coaster
Riders per train 8
Propulsion Compressed air launch
Height 165 feet
Drop 133 feet
Top speed 80 mph
Length 1560 feet
Inversions 0
Angle 90°
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HyperSonic XLC was an S&S Worldwide launched roller coaster located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA. The XLC part of the name stands for "Xtreme Launched Coaster". It operated from 2001 to 2007.

History

Elements

HyperSonic XLC was announced in August 2000.[1] Paramount Parks purchased a prototype from the testing facility in Utah and sent it to Kings Dominion. The ride was going to be located at California's Great America, but the plan was cancelled.Citation needed HyperSonic XLC opened on March 24, 2001.

Since HyperSonic XLC was a prototype, it suffered maintenance issues. The high g-forces would cause the tires to be crushed. In addition, too much stress was put on the track. As a result, several cracks were found in some spots.

In 2002, the ride did not operate until June 22 as the park made modifications to the ride in an attempt to improve its reliability.[2] In 2006, the ride was listed for sale. It was ultimately removed after the 2007 season. The station and maintenance buildings were not removed and remain to this day.[3]

Design

The train was launched from 0-80 mph in 1.8 seconds, into a top hat with a 90-degree drop. The rest of the ride was a banked turn and small hill before hitting the brake run.

Trains

4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 8 riders per train.

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