Silver Star (Europa Park)

Silver Star is a roller coaster located at Europa-Park, a theme park in Rust, Germany. The coaster has a height of 239 ft (73 m), placing it in the hyper coaster category. Although it is one of Bolliger & Mabillard’s tallest coasters, it was surpassed as the tallest in Europe by Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya at PortAventura in 2012. Signs in the queuing area claim a maximum speed of 130 km/h, with a maximum of 4G vertical forces. Silver Star has 3 trains which seat 36 people each, giving an hourly capacity of 1,750 passengers. This hypercoaster is situated in the French area of Europa Park and is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

Length: 5,315 ft
Height: 239.5 ft
Drop: 219.8 ft
Inversions: 0
Speed: 78.9 mph
Duration: 4:00
Max Vertical Angle: 68.5°
G-Force: 4.0
Elements: 239.5 ft tall Chain Lift Hill with a 219.8 ft drop, Hill with a 160.8 ft drop, Hill with a 134.5 ft drop, Over-Banked Curve, Block Brake
Capacity: 1,750 riders per hour

Silver Star features no inversions, but many hills and helixes. After the first drop, the train travels leftwards and up onto the first camel back, and then a second. The train performs a 180 degree return in a hammerhead element, then continues onto another camel back followed by a mid-run brake segment. A 270 degree upwards helix brings the train back under the lifthill and onto one last camel back. A banked S-bend brings the train to the on-ride photo and final brake run.

Nearly every camel back is fitted with a speed ‘trim’ device to regulate the train’s speed. The original friction-brake trims made the ride uncomfortable for some riders, however these have been refitted with magnetic trims.

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