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|Katapul in 2011|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Launched - Shuttle|
|Model / product||Shuttle Loop|
|Riders per train||24|
|Propulsion||Weight drop launch|
Top speed53 mph
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Katapul is a steel launched shuttle roller coaster located at Hopi Hari in Vinhedo, São Paulo, Brazil. It was one of the first Shuttle Loop models built by Schwarzkopf and used a weight drop launch to propel riders to a speed of 53 mph. It is also the most traveled, having operated at four parks in its 40 year history.
The ride was installed at Kings Dominion, Virginia, USA, and opened in 1977 under the name King Kobra. It was the first Schwarzkopf Shuttle loop model along with White Lightnin' at Carowinds and Greased Lightnin' at Marriott's Great America, both of which opened in the same year. It closed in 1986 and was sent to Jolly Rodger Amusement Park in Maryland, USA.
It reopened under the same name at Jolly Rodger Amusement Park in 1987 and operated for two seasons, closing in 1989.
The ride was then sent to Alton Towers in England, UK. It opened in 1990 and was called Thunderlooper. Thunderlooper was situated across from where Nemesis is now in a newly created area called Thunder Valley (now Forbidden Valley). During its operation, planning regulations on Alton Towers were tightened, allowing nothing to be built higher than the treeline. Due to its height and noisy operation, Thunderlooper had to be closed - it ceased operation on November 3, 1996. Maintenance had also become an issue with cracks appearing on the track and trains. It was replaced with flat rides Ripsaw and Blade.
After being removed from Alton Towers, the ride was sent to Hopi Hari in Brazil. It was repainted blue with red supports and opened in 1999 under the name Katapul. It was closed in February 2012 and was repainted red with blue supports. It was also given a Superman theme. It reopened on December 14, 2012.
The train is launched out of the station at a speed of 53 mph before passing through a vertical loop with a diameter of 46 feet. It then travels up a 148 feet tall spike, slowing to a halt as it loses its momentum. The train then traverses the track backwards, passing through the vertical loop and station and up the second, smaller spike. After stalling a second time, the train rolls forwards into the station.
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
| Tallest roller coaster|
1977 - 1978
| Preceded by
| Tallest roller coaster
1977 - 1978
| Succeeded by|
|Roller coasters at Alton Towers|
|Present||Galactica • Nemesis • Oblivion • Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure • Rita • Runaway Mine Train • Smiler • Spinball Whizzer • SW8 • Thirteen|
|Former||4 Man Bob • Alton Mouse • Beastie • Black Hole • Corkscrew • Mini Apple • New Beast • Thunderlooper|
|Unbuilt||Secret Weapon 1 & 2 • unknown|
|Roller coasters at Kings Dominion|
|Present||Anaconda • Avalanche • Back Lot Stunt Coaster • Dominator • Flight of Fear • Great Pumpkin Coaster • Grizzly • Hurler • Intimidator 305 • Rebel Yell • Ricochet • Volcano, The Blast Coaster • Woodstock Express • unknown|
|Former||Galaxie • HyperSonic XLC • King Kobra • Shock Wave|