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Quimera
Quimera (La Feria Chapultepec Magico) 1.jpg
Quimera in December 2016
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La Feria de Chapultepec Magico
Location Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Status Operating since 2007
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Flamingo Land
Location Malton, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Operated 2000 to 2005
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Sunway Lagoon
Location Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Operated 1997 to 1999
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Germany
Location Travelling
Operated 1984 to ?
Statistics
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel
Riders per train 20
Propulsion Friction wheel lift
Height111 feet
Top speed53 mph
Length3,444 feet
Inversions3
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Quimera is a steel roller coaster located at La Feria Chapultepec Magico in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. Built by Schwarzkopf, it was the first roller coaster with three vertical loops when it was introduced in 1984.[1]

Before arriving in Mexico, the ride operated on the German fair circuit, then at Sunway Lagoon in Malaysia and at Flamingo Land in the United Kingdom.

History[edit | edit source]

Magnum Force at Flamingo land

In 1984, the ride was purchased by showman Rudolf Barth. Barth operated the ride as Dreier Looping (German for Three Looping) for twelve years on the German fair circuit. It was the first ride in the world to feature three vertical loops. The ride then arrived at Sunway Lagoon in Selangor, Malaysia. It operated from 1997 to 1999 as the Triple Loop Coaster and was painted entirely pink.

In June 1999, the ride was purchased by Flamingo Land in Yorkshire, England. It reopened there in 2000 as Magnum Force. The bottom of the ride was painted red and the top white. It is believed the ride was planned to be called "Mach 3".[2] The ride was sponsored by Wall's Magnum ice cream. It operated until 2005, when after being on sale for two years, Magnum Force closed as part of a regeneration of Flamingo Land.

The ride reopened in 2007 at its current location; La Feria Chapultepec Magico in Mexico after a renovation. It is painted yellow with white supports. It was called Montaña Infinitum until 2014 or earlier. It was subsequently renamed Montaña Triple Loop, and is now called Quimera.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

The roller coaster has a curved lift hill and a tightly curved first drop which is immediately followed by a sharp twisting ascent. Two back-to-back vertical loops follow. The third loop is taken later on.

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train. Nowadays, only three trains are present. Prior to arriving in Mexico, the ride had five trains.

Incident[edit | edit source]

On Tuesday June 1, 2004, while the ride was operating at Flamingo Land, a 32-year old ride operator was seriously injured when he was struck by a train while taking a shortcut through a restricted area. The man was treated on the scene then airlifted to hospital.[3]

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External links[edit | edit source]

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    Quimera on the Roller Coaster DataBase.