Specific Type: Steel, Looping, Twister
Over the years, all aspects of rollercoasters have just kept growing more extreme and more insane, as new concepts emerge with each coming year. And one ride, in 2003, has proven that the days of 30-degree lift hills and 50-degree drops are long gone. Wild Boar (originally slated to be named Euro-Fighter, and Grand Prix), located inside the gates of Denmark's Bon-Bon Land, rolled along its steel track for the first time in April of 2003 as coaster design veteran Werner Stengel and builder Gerstlauer's idea of a wild ride taken to the next level. The Wild Boar coaster, for the first time, takes thrillrides beyond the vertical angle in a 95-degree-steep plunge just when riders thought that the vertical lift hill was as insane as it gets. And after the under-plunging first drop, the layout plays with the 90-degree-plus angles a little more in an Overbank reaching 115 degrees in horizontal steepness, with a Vertical Loop, downward helix, and other elements following. Riders are arranged in a four-abreast, two-row, single-car configuration in one of four cars to take on the 1,411-foot layout of multicolored steel track. Wild Boar became Bon-Bon Land's first major leap into the direction of a major thrillpark, being that the park focused primarily on family and kiddie-geared attractions up until the 2003 coaster.
Piling onto the eight-passenger car, thrillseekers pull down over-the-shoulder harnesses before pulling out. Off the loading platform, Wild Boar first rounds an L-curve to the right bringing riders face to face with the impossible tower of track starting off the ride. The only way forward is up - straight up - and that's exactly where the eight-passenger car is headed. Facing the sky, thrillseekers are towed up nearly seven stories before even beginning to level, and when the leveling does happen, it doesn't last for long. Hello and goodbye to the wild blue yonder - after the completely vertical climb, it gets even better as the track makes a 185-degree reversal at the top to send the carload beyond the once-thought impassible vertical angle, down the plunge reaching 95 degrees in steepness and down 70 feet to the ground. After pulling out of the initial plunge, Wild Boar pulls into a second climb at 44 miles an hour and enters a warped L-shaped Overbanked Curve tilting over 115 degrees to the right and diving back down. Passengers next enter the coaster's 360-degree inversion and are whisked through the Vertical Loop, then up and around a turnaround curve. After a small left bend and a breif block brake section, the vehicle plunges into a first downward near-double helix winding around to the left, then the direction of travel reverses as the track banks around in the opposite direction in an upwards bank. Hopping over one last hill, the train enters the brake run with one more 90-degree bend bringing the car back to the station.
Wild Boar proves that size isn't always what makes a ride extreme!
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