No horse-power for Maverick

SANDUSKY Three sections of Maverick's troubled track were removed this week in preparation for the a
Janet
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Three sections of Maverick's troubled track were removed this week in preparation for the arrival of the ride's new sections.

The ride's original heartline roll, which flipped riders upside down, will be replaced with a "s-curve."

The "s-curve" element will keep riders above the track as they quickly change direction from right to left. The train will then continue along the current track. No other sections of the ride will be modified.

Cedar Point's newest roller coaster did not open as scheduled last weekend. Tests revealed the trains received an excessive amount of stress on those three sections of the track.

The new track sections are being redesigned and fabricated at the IntaRide manufacturing plant in Europe, according to a press release.

Once completed, the track will be transported to the park for installation.

Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark said he is unsure when the new track sections will be installed.

"We're trying to move things along and get the ride open," Clark said Friday.

The park anticipates opening the Maverick by early June.

"That is our target and everything looks like it's going to meet that time frame," he said.