|A standard Suspended Looping Coaster|
|First built||Condor (1994)|
|Latest built||Queen Cobra (2017)|
|Cost||$7,000,000 - $12,000,000|
|Type||Steel - Inverted|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
The Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC) is a line of inverted roller coaster models built by Vekoma. Every Suspended Looping Coaster installation is still operating, in exception to Arkham Asylum - Shock Therapy at Warner Bros. Movie World in Australia.
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. 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. 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.
Two prototypes were installed. The layout is almost identical to that of the standard model.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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
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|
|Beto Carrero World
Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
Suzuka, Mie, Japan
|689m Standard||December 28, 2008
|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|
|Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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|
|Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Vallejo, California, USA|
Nashville, Tennesse, USA
|689m Standard||May 1998
May 1, 1995
|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|
Santiago, Metropolitan Región, Chile|
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
|689m Standard||December 23, 2008
|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|
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|
|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
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Muara, Brunei
Closed 2005 - 2006
|unknown||Al Zawra’a Dream Park||Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq||689m Standard||2015||Operating|
Formally Cape Cobras
|Lost Island Theme Park
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.
- ↑ "Ride Review: Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC)". The DOD3. http://thedod3.com/ride-reviews/slc/.
- ↑ "Question about rollercoaster loops". Ultimate Rollercoaster. https://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/forums/roller-coasters-theme-parks/179642.
- ↑ "The Secret of Freedom Seats". Coaster Kings. https://www.thecoasterkings.com/the-secret-of-freedom-seats/.
- ↑ "T3 (OFF ride POV)- Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, KY". Coaster Crusader. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0_JLQAcd1M.