Suspended Looping Coaster

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Suspended Looping Coaster
A standard Suspended Looping Coaster
Status In production
First built Condor (1994)
Latest built Queen Cobra (2017)
Cost $7,000,000 - $12,000,000
 Vekoma, Netherlands
Type Steel - Inverted
Propulsion Chain lift hill
An SLC with vest restraints. Riddler Revenge at Six Flags New England is shown above.

The Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC) is a line of inverted roller coaster models built by Vekoma.


An SLC with standard, padded over-the-shoulder restraints. Top Gun at Canada's Wonderland is shown above.

In the early 1990s, Vekoma would develop their own inverted coaster to compete with Bolliger & Mabillard. They developed their new Suspended Looping Coaster concept. The cheap price, many inversions, and compact footprint was ideal for parks who wanted a thrilling coaster but were on a budget, or had little expansion room.

The first Suspended Looping Coaster opened in 1994 at Walibi Holland, which was El Condor. The next year, nine more of these rides would open, including Mind Eraser at Six Flags America, and T2 at Kentucky Kingdom.

The traditional SLC trains consist of small plastic seats with little room for riders to move, over-the-shoulder harnesses, padding right next to riders' ears, and handlebars. These SLC's are commonly referred to as "Hang N' Bangs" by enthusiasts due to their rough nature.[1][2] A simple solution to the head-banging, however, is for riders to keep their necks stiff or lean their necks forward.

Three SLC's received lighter trains, replacing the traditional over-the-shoulder harnesses with vest harnesses, allowing a more comfortable and open ride experience. The lighter trains also move along the track smoother and eliminate head-banging.[3] The SLC's with these vest restraints are Roller Coaster Mayan at Energylandia, Riddler Revenge at Six Flags New England, and Great Nor'Easter at Morey's Piers. One SLC received completely unique restraints found on no other SLC. This was T3 at Kentucky Kingdom. These restraints consist of soft straps and a bar that sits on riders' thighs.[4]


662m Prototype

Two prototypes were installed. The layout is almost identical to that of the standard model.

689m Standard

A 3D visualization
The standard layout of a Vekoma SLC

This "standard" SLC is slightly taller and longer than the prototype, has a slight S-turn before the brake run, and ten-car trains.

This is the most common variation.

765m Extended w/Helix

The extended SLC has the same elements of the standard model plus an additional helix at the end.

787m Extended

This variant has the same elements as the 765m Extended w/Helix model however they are set out in such a way that the overall layout is different with the double barrel roll passing underneath the lift hill.


The first Shenlin SLC opened in 2002 and it is the first SLC to have a completely different layout. It has a vertical loop, a cobra roll, a zero-g roll and a helix.

This layout was later used by Chinese company Golden Horse.

Shenlin w/Helix

This model has the same layout as the Shenlin with an additional helix at the end.

This layout was later used by Chinese company Golden Horse.


Variation Statistics Installations
Height Speed Length Inversions Capacity First Latest Total
662m Prototype 101.7 feet 49.7 mph 2,171.9 feet 5 900 1994 1995 2
689m Standard 109.3 feet 49.7 mph 2,260.5 feet 5 1,040 1995 2017 27
765m Extended w/Helix 109.3 feet 49.7 mph 2,510 feet 5 500 1997 2003 5
787m Extended 101.7 feet 44.7 mph 2,582 feet 5 1,010 1995 1999 2
Shenlin 117.8 feet 54.9 mph 2,202.8 feet 4 1,125 2002 2006 2
Shenlin w/Helix 117.8 feet 53.7 mph 2,454.1 feet 4 1,010 2006 2009 2
Custom 1995 2002 2


Name Park Location Variation Opened Status
Arkham Asylum - Shock Therapy Warner Bros. Movie World
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
765m Extended w/Helix December 1995 Closed December 2019
Batman The Ride Six Flags México
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
689m Standard April 14, 2000 Operating
Blue Tornado Gardaland
Castelnuovo del Garda, Veneto, Italy
765m Extended w/Helix 1998 Operating
Condor Walibi Holland
Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, Netherlands
662m Prototype May 1994 Operating
Death Rail Al Zawra’a Dream Park
Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
689m Standard 2015 Operating
Desafío Parque de la Costa
Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
689m Standard 1999 Operating
Dragon in Clouds Happy Valley
Jinniu, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Shenlin w/Helix January 19, 2009 Operating
Ednör - L'Attaque
Formerly in storage
Formerly Serial Thriller
La Ronde
Great Escape
Six Flags AstroWorld
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Queensbury, New York, USA

Houston, Texas, USA
689m Standard May 15, 2010
May 29, 1999
Closed October 30, 2005
F² Fright Flight Nasu Highland Park
Nasu, Tochigi, Japan
689m Standard 1995 Operating
Formerly Blackout
Beto Carrero World
Suzuka Circuit
Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Suzuka, Mie, Japan
689m Standard December 28, 2008
Closed 2007
Flight Deck Canada's Wonderland
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
689m Standard 1995 Operating
Fly the Great Nor'easter Morey's Piers
Wildwood, New Jersey, USA
Custom 1995 Operating
Gauntlet Magic Springs
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
689m Standard April 10, 2004 Operating
Golden Wings in Snowfield Happy Valley
Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Shenlin w/Helix July 9, 2006 Operating
Hurricane Rusutsu Resort
Shiribeshi, Hokkaido, Japan
689m Standard 1996 Operating
Formerly Traumatizer
Pleasure Beach Resort
Pleasureland Southport
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Southport, Merseyside, England, UK
689m Standard May 2, 2007
Closed September 5, 2006
Iron Claw Movie Park Germany
Bottrop, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
689m Standard April 6, 2001 Operating
Jaguar Isla Mágica
Seville, Seville, Spain
765m Extended w/Helix June 28, 1997 Operating
Formerly Hangman
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Opryland USA
Vallejo, California, USA
Nashville, Tennesse, USA
689m Standard May 1998
May 1, 1995
Closed 1997
Kumali Flamingo Land
Malton, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Shenlin April 1, 2006 Operating
Kumba Superland
Rishon LeZion, Tel Aviv, Israel
689m Standard June 16, 2001 Operating
Limit Heide Park
Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany
689m Standard 1999 Operating
Mayan Adventure Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Yuchr Shiang, Nan-t'ou, Taiwan
689m Standard 1997 Operating
Mayan Roller Coaster Energylandia
Zator, Malopolskie, Poland
689m Standard September 12, 2015 Operating
Mind Eraser Darien Lake
Darien Center, New York, USA
689m Standard May 17, 1997 Operating
Mind Eraser Elitch Gardens
Colorado Massauchetts, USA
689m Standard June 2, 1997 Operating
Mind Eraser Six Flags America
Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA
689m Standard May 20, 1995 Operating
Nio Greenland
Arao, Kumamoto, Japan
689m Standard 1997 Operating
Odyssey Fantasy Island
Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Custom May 25, 2002 Operating
Queen Cobra Asia Park
Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
689m Standard January 27, 2017 Operating
Formerly operated
Tohoku Exhibition
Santiago, Metropolitan Región, Chile
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
689m Standard December 23, 2008
Closed 1997
Riddler Revenge Six Flags New England
Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
689m Standard May 24, 1997 Operating
Roller Coaster Dream Park
Cairo, Egypt
765m Extended w/Helix 1999 Operating
Snow Mountain Flying Dragon Happy Valley
Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Shenlin May 1, 2002 Operating
Suspended Looping Coaster Suzhou Amusement Land
Huqiu, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
787m Extended 2003 Operating
T3 Kentucky Kingdom
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
662m Prototype 1995 Operating
Formerly Thunderhawk
Michigan's Adventure
Geauga Lake
Muskegon, Michigan, USA
Aurora, Ohio, USA
689m Standard May 17, 2008
Closed September 16, 2007
Titánide Terra Mítica
Benidorm, Alicante, Spain
689m Standard March 15, 2003 Operating
Twisted Typhoon Wild Adventures
Valdosta, Georgia, USA
689m Standard May 8, 1999 Operating
Vampire Walibi Belgium
Wavre, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
689m Standard 1999 Operating
Formerly Pusing Lagi
Siam Park City
Jerudong Park Playground
Khan Na Yao District, Bangkok, Thailand
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Muara, Brunei
787m Extended 2007
Closed 2005 - 2006
Nopuko Air Coaster
Formerly Cape Cobras
Lost Island Theme Park
Ratanga Junction
Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
765m Extended w/Helix Summer 2022
Under construction
Closed May 1, 2018


In 2005, Beijing Shibaolai Amusement Equipment introduced their Suspended Loop Coaster. In 2007, Golden Horse opened its product. Rather than have a different layout, Golden Horse's layout is a direct copy of Vekoma's Shenlin model. In 2010, Beijing Jiuhua Amusement Rides Manufacturing Co., Ltd. opened its first inverted roller coaster with a layout similar to that of Bejing Shibaolai's model.

In 2012, Hebei Zhongye Metallurgical Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd opened its first 7 Ring Suspended Looping Coaster model.


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* Vekoma products