Each of Verbolten’s five ride vehicles is painted a different color, and each is uniquely detailed with classic race lines inspired by vintage sports cars. From the racing stripe designs and race-inspired hood scoop to each vehicle’s customized license plate, Verbolten’s coaster cars incorporate the smallest details to complete the illusion that riders are racing uncontrollably through the Black Forest.
“It’s the small details like real rubber wheels, side mirrors and race-inspired pin striping that makes all the difference in a ride of this caliber,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of design and engineering. “This is just one more element that will make Verbolten like no other coaster,” added Giles.
Lap bars are used instead of shoulder harnesses aboard Verbolten so riders can feel the rush of lateral and horizontal g-forces designed into the ride. Tiny video cameras are positioned in front of riders to record their experience so they can relive their trip to Bavaria anytime.
The cars play a pivotal role into Verbolten’s overall storyline about a German touring company run by the brother and sister team, Gunter and Gerta. When complete, Verbolten’s immersive experience will extend beyond the ride itself and transform the spirit of Busch Gardens’ Oktoberfest village.
Verbolten is expected to open in late spring. It anchors the park’s newly rejuvenated Oktoberfest village, and joins Mäch Tower as the park’s newest thrill attractions. Busch Gardens opens March 24 for the 2012 season. Park guests can follow the Verbolten construction process on www.buschgardens.com and www.facebook.com/buschgardens.
Disclosure: I was under no obligation to share this post.Real rubber tires, chrome side mirrors and the classic long hood lines of a two-door roadster distinguishes Verbolten’s 16-passenger coaster car from a run-of-the-mill coaster train.