Taiga

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Taiga
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Linnanmäki
Location Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Status Operating since 18 June 2019
Replaced Vonkaputous
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Onsite construction RCS GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Product LSM Launch Coaster
Riders per train 16
Hourly capacity 800
Propulsion Two LSM launches
Height 52 metres
Drop 32 metres
Top speed 106 km/h
Length 1104 metres
Inversions 4
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Taiga is a steel launched roller coaster located at Linnanmäki in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland. It was built by Intamin and opened to the public on June 18, 2019.

History

Taiga in April 2019

Taiga was officially announced on March 22, 2018 following multiple teasers. The layout and specifications were also confirmed.[1] The ride would replace Vonkaputous, the park's former Premier Rides water coaster.

In September 2018, the first pieces of track arrived at Linnanmäki. This was followed by the beginning of vertical construction and the reveal of the full layout in October 2018.

In February 2019, the track was completed. This was followed by the beginning of test circuits in late April 2019.

On May 12, 2019, it was announced that the coaster would be opening on June 18, 2019.

Design

Elements

Taiga is an LSM Launch Coaster installation from Intamin. It has two LSM launches, an 170.6 foot tall outside top hat and four inversions.

Taiga begins with a rolling LSM launch into the first inversion, a zero-g winder. Then, Taiga does a stengel dive down to the bottom of the hill. It rises back up into an overbanked turn, followed by a pair of turns back up the hillside. Then, Taiga dips into the second LSM launch, flying overtop of a pathway and rising into a top hat. The following 32-meter drop runs over Pikajuna, and the zero-g stall immediately afterwards goes over Tulireki. This stall is a little odd, though, as it twists to the right during its descent. Then, Taiga hits a micro-bunny into the Immelmann. After the Immelmann, Taiga executes a series of banked turns, followed by an S-curve sequence and twist dive to the bottom of the hill, and then an airtime hill that twists to the left. A zero-g roll ensues, and then there's one final turn into the brake run.

Trains

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.

Etymology

Taiga is Russian origin name for a subarctic zone of evergreen coniferous forests situated south of the tundras and north of the steppes in the Northern Hemisphere.

References

External links

  • Taiga on the Roller Coaster DataBase.