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roller coaster
Kanonen
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Liseberg
Location Gothenburg, Göteborgs-Bohus, Sweden
Status Defunct
Operated April 23, 2005 to December 30, 2016
Cost 50,000,000SEK

($6,775,000USD)

Height restriction 55 inches (140 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Model / product Accelerator Coaster
Riders per train 16
Hourly capacity 930
Propulsion Hydraulic launch
Height79 feet
Top speed46.6 mph
Length1,444 feet
Inversions2
Steepest drop90°
Duration0:50
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Kanonen (or The Cannon) was a launched roller coaster located at Liseberg in Gothenburg, Göteborgs-Bohus, Sweden. The ride was manufactured by Intamin, and on-site construction was handled by RCS GmbH. It opened on April 23, 2005.

Kanonen closed on December 30, 2016 to make room for Valkyria.

According to Interlink, the ride has been sold to a currently unknown theme park. Rumours suggest that Kanonen's new home will be in the United States but this has not been confirmed yet.

History[edit]

In 2002, the park's only inverting roller coaster HangOver (a Vekoma Invertigo model) was removed to make room for the park's new ride Balder. The park contacted many manufacturers to build them a new looping coaster, with the winning bid coming from Swiss company Intamin. Lars-Erik Hedin, technical director of Liseberg cited "good experiences with Balder, also made by Intamin, as one of the reasons the product was chosen.[1]

In September 2016, Liseberg announced that Kanonen was to be removed in order to make way for Valkyria, a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster. A few months later, it was announced through Interlink that the ride had been sold to an unknown theme park.

Design[edit]

Elements
The train going over the top hat element

The ride sat on a compact footprint, and was built on top of its maintenance buildings.

Layout[edit]

The train was accelerated to 46.6 mph straight out of the station, and into a 78.7 feet high top hat element. This was immediately followed by an airtime hill and a 65.6 feet high vertical loop, and a highly banked turnaround. The train then passed through a barrel roll (which threaded the loop) before entering the brake run.

Trains[edit]

2 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders per train.

Rollbacks[edit]

As with many launched roller coasters, Kanonen suffered from rollbacks when the train did not gain enough momentum on the launch track in order to make it over the top-hat and rolled down backwards. Magnetic brakes along the launch track slowed the train down safely when this happened. Rollbacks usually only happen if it is windy or the track is wet, but other factors can affect the launching system.

On June 8, 2009, the right conditions meant that a train with 14 riders got balanced at the top of the top hat.[2]

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