B&M Mega Coaster Train Design

Way back when Apollo’s Chariot made it’s debut,
it featured the original 4 across B&M mega coaster train design, and for the longest
time, that’s the way things were. It wasn’t until 2008, when Canada’s Wonderland opened Behemoth, was there an alternative design. The new design featured staggered “stadium seating.” Giving each seat a more open air feel, and in turn, due to the longer more spread out cars, each train is longer, resulting in varied experiences depending on whether you sit at the front or back.

Something else that changed with the seating layout, is the zero car. As you can probably tell from the pictures, the original design, used on Leviathan, has a sunk in triangle pointed out, and in the new staggered layout, it has more rounded design, with a raised, rounded point in the middle. This change may be purely aesthetic, as the zero car design has varied on staggered trains on all B&M megas with them, as Diamondback, and Intimidator have unique designs.

Rank the 2012 Mega Coasters

Now that they’re all had the chance to open, I think it’s about time that we put 2012’s literally biggest coasters up together in a CoasterPoll. Yes you heard me right, I’m talking about the MEGA coasters. Now this year, we saw not one, or two, but three new mega coasters open to the world. Now, I’ve heard nothing but good things about all of these coasters, but I think it’s nessecary to talk about all of them.

First, we have Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. Now, this is a coaster that we at PureCoaster have consistently covered. In short, it’s speed, speed, speed! Every element is executed with speed and grace. To read about the world’s fourth giga coaster, check out our previous post: https://purecoaster.wordpress.com

Next up, Skyrush at Hershey Park. Now based on Hershey Park’s history with Intamin, it’s no surprise that Intamin built this coaster instead of B&M. The layout for this ride is spectacular, and many are calling it the successor to i305. Airtime, high speed/high g curves, this coaster has a bit of everything!

Finally Shambhala, B&M’s second mega coaster for 2012.

Another instant classic B&M Hyper, and it has plenty of airtime, a cool splashdown element and that unique turn-around element, (I don’t know what else to call it.)

2nd Photo Credit http://allamericanthrills.com/, 3rd Photo Credit http://rcdb.com/

B&M 1999 CoasterPoll

Now, 1998 may have seen the release of B&M Dive Machines, but 1999 was when two new coaster classes emerged from B&M. It was in 1999 that they unveiled their very first hyper coasters and floorless coasters to the world. Personally, these two classes of B&M coasters, are real winners in my book, but what about in yours?

B&M hyper coasters……

……. or B&M floorless coasters?

B&M released two new concepts in one year, which is better?

Leviathan in the 2012 GTAs CoasterPoll

The Golden Ticket Awards, or GTAs for short, are a little bit infamous regarding their selection of coasters to be in their famed “Top 10 Steel Coasters” list. Currently the ride that owns the title of “#1 Steel Coaster is Intamin’s first giga coaster Millennium Force, but is it possible that B&M’s first giga coaster will match it on this scale?

Can this…..

….compete with this?

In the 2011 GTAs Top Steel Coasters, Intamin’s Millennium Force and Bizarro take the top two spots, but right behind them, sit Nitro and Goliath, (SFOG,) also B&M Mega coasters. Can B&M’s first giga match these four amazing coasters?  How do you think Leviathan will place in the GTAs this year?

If you haven’t gotten a chance to ride Leviathan, check out this POV:

Best Intamin Launch CoasterPoll

Intamin LSM Launch coasters have been around for a bit, but the newest generation of LIMs has created such a versatile ride system, that when it comes to comparing such roller coasters, you can spot few similarities. From Maverick, (featuring a lift and a launch,) to iSpeed, (a compact 70mph launch coaster with elements that pack a punch,) to Cheetah Hunt, (a terrain coaster with not one or two, but three launches.)

But although these rides are so different, they can still be put head to head as all coasters can. Vote for your favourite below!

Leviathan: Yay or Nay

When Wonderland opened for the 2011 season, a fence appeared near Speed City Raceway, and immediately the speculation on what Wonderland had up their sleeve began. But in August, it was released that in 2012, a new B&M Giga would be premiering at the park.

Featuring a whopper 306ft lift hill, a top speed of 148km/h, and a bunch of classic elements, it is quite the coaster.

If you want to see a little more check out the official site, and my recent Leviathan Update

Now I will admit, I wasn’t thrilled when the ride was announced back in August. I was actually a little upset, (I really wanted a B&M floorless,) but as I’ve seen it rise, now I’m really looking forward to riding it, and personally I think it is an excellent addition to the park.

So what do you think?

Best “Top Coaster”

The GTA Top Four Steel Coasters are made up of Millennium Force, Bizarro, (SFNE,) and two B&M Hypers. However, the two Intamin Megas are always the top two and have been battling it out for years trying to maintain control of that desirable top spot. But out of that top four, which do you think should actually hold the title of #1 Roller Coaster?

Best Bolliger and Mabillard Sit-Down

Over the years the famed rollercoaster manufacturer B&M has had many models, and one that they have phased out of is their classic sit-down. Five were built, and all, (ok most,) of them are still popular today. They are all very good rides, and enthusiasts mark them as must rides at any park. But which actually deserves to be classified the best of what is now a piece of B&M’s history?

Best Intamin Mega CoasterPoll

With Skyrush making it’s debut next year, there will be another Intamin Mega Coaster fighting for the #1 Coaster spot in next year’s GTAs. But in your opinion, which existing ride should have it?

What should the next CoasterPoll be?

Lots has been going on this week, and I think it’s about time for another CoasterPoll, but instead of doing it all myself, I’m going to let you decide what category it will be in: