HyperSonic XLC

Roller coaster in the United States
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HyperSonic XLC
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)
Replaced by El Dorado
Manufacturer S&S-Sansei Technologies
Product Thrust Air Coaster
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 8
Propulsion Compressed air launch
Height 165 feet
Drop 133 feet
Top speed 80 mph
Length 1560 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 90°

HyperSonic XLC was an S&S Worldwide launched roller coaster formerly 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.


The entrance sign

HyperSonic XLC was announced on August 1, 2000.[1] Paramount Parks purchased a prototype from the S&S testing facility in Logan, Utah and sent it to Kings Dominion.[2] The ride was originally going to be located at California's Great America, but the plan was cancelled.[3] Construction of Hypersonic XLC began in October 2000 when track pieces arrived at Kings Dominion.[4] HyperSonic XLC opened on March 24, 2001.[5]

Since HyperSonic XLC was a prototype, it suffered many 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 of the ride.

In 2002, the ride did not operate until June 20, as the park made modifications to the ride in an attempt to improve its reliability.[6] In 2006, the ride was listed for sale.[7] It was ultimately removed after the 2007 season. The station and maintenance buildings were not removed, and remain to this day.[8]



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.

Color scheme

White track and supports.


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



  1. Paramount's Kings Dominion Introduces Hypersonic XLC - Ultimate Rollercoaster
  2. "A Blast From The Past - S and S Power's Thrust Air 2000". NewsPlusNotes.
  3. "HyperSonic XLC: Xtreme Launch Coaster - COASTER-net".
  4. "HyperSonic XLC Begins to Appear At Paramount's Kings Dominion". Ultimate Rollercoaster.
  5. "Hypersonic roller coaster blasts off at Kings Dominion".
  6. HyperSonic XLC Returns To Operation at Kings Dominion - Ultimate Rollercoaster
  7. "Cedar Fair Yard Sale". NewsPlusNotes.
  8. "10 Remnants of Removed Roller Coasters". YouTube. Theme Park Crazy.

External links

Articles on Kings Dominion