"Just imagine a headline like this in a well-known tabloid: “Tornado over Bakken – Visitors swirled all around!” But don’t worry. As a coaster enthusiast you’ll react with a big smile on your face, when you know, that this storm is Intamins new Accelerator Spinning Coaster “Tornado”.
On a very compact footprint integrated in a rather tiny building, only two pieces of track, breaking through the façade, can be seen from the outside. Every few seconds, a small car with 4 seats each facing each other, rushes over the bright orange track.
The new attraction swirls just in the middle of the year-round fairground “Bakken” (Klampenbourg near Copenhagen, DK) next to the venerable wooden coaster “Rutschebanen”.
Across from the Splashbattle attraction stretches a long colourful house façade, where the name of the attraction is written in huge letters. A small figure of a Tornado sits on the roof of the station. The façade is punctuated by debris, showing the destructive frenzy of the roaring whirlwind. A piece of track curves through a large hole in the wall around the debris. Some parts of the rather plane Lifthill can be spotted through the hole in the wall. On the left hand side, a huge stairway and a wooden bridge combine into the queuing area, which leads inside the station. Above the station roof, another steep turn of track can be spotted outside the building, swirling around another plastic tornado. All other parts of the ride are inside the housing.
At the entrance of the station, the wristband or ride tickets are checked by an operator. On the right hand side, the visitor can have a good view on the storage track, which also serves as workshop. The red and yellow coloured four-seated cars don’t stop at the station, but move very slowly on a conveyor belt alongside the entrance / exit platform. It’s a bad surprise to see over-the-shoulder restraints on this kind of coaster. It’s the same type of restraint used on Intamins Zac Spin Coaster, where they are well appreciated. Could the ride be more than a slow stirring breeze of air?
After a short wait time, we take our spacious seats and lower the restraints. Unfortunately one can’t find any storage space for bags and other loose items. They have to be left at a non-rider or must be placed on the exit floor.
After the restraints are closed and checked, the conveyor belt releases the car into a left hand turn on to the double chain lift. The locking mechanism of the car is released at the end of the station and some ride-ops have fun by putting the car into spinning, while entering the lift chain. The double-chain is powered by a hydraulic motor at the top of the lift hill. The same propulsion method can be found on the Lifthill of Insane, Tivoli Gröna Lunds Zac Spin Coaster. The speed on the Lifthill is remarkable, but yet waits with a special “kick” at the end. On the last few meters of the lift hill, the motor accelerates to a top speed, which literally feels more like a launch than a usual “lift”. This special feature has a reason: Due to the low rise of the structure and the desired track length, the cars need an extra kick of speed to make it around the course. Otherwise, the lift hill would have been twice as high as the now 10 meters. Well, it’s absolutely clear now, why this coaster is called “Accelerator Spinning Coaster”.
Just after the peak, the car drops down in a left turn, where spinning begins. The turn leads up again to the first hill, where we exit the building. After a fast 180° turn, we swirl back into the house. Rushing through a left-right combination, we soar out of the station building again on the piece of track, visible from the outside. Following is a short straight portion of track, where we can gasp only for a very short time, before we plummet the next downwards helix. When the tornado swirls through two opposing helices, everyone will loose one’s bearings. It’s hard to realise, that you rush through the “backyard” of the coaster building at this part of the ride. One last hump and the car rushes into the magnetic brakes. Driven by some pushing wheels, the cars are aligned by a very special looking mechanism. After the conveyor belt takes over, the restraints automatically open up and we exit the station.
|Manufacturer:||Intamin Transportation Ltd.|
With Tornado, Bakken and Intamin built a roller coaster with a unique compactness and intensity in one installation, hard to find anywhere else. As on every spinning coaster, it depends on the loading of the cars, whether you have a nice ride or you feel like in the middle of a twister. Nomen est omen. The more you spin inside the Tornado, the more fun you have. The lift hill with the speed kick at the end is the highlight of this new coaster. Although the over-the-shoulder-restraints are not very popular on an Intamin ride, they are really necessary to hold your upper body into place. With this new attraction, Bakken swirled into the heart of every coaster enthusiast.