Amusement Tech – Seating Units – Tourbillon (abc-rides)
Sunkid Heege designs and manufactures a complete seating unit for the new spectacular "Tourbillon” major ride by abc rides
Abc-rides is entering the market with a completely new carnival ride.
A gigantic gyroscope takes passengers to the limits of gravity. There can be no mistakes with a firm hold. And this is exactly what Sunkid Heege is offering as supplier of a complete seating unit.
Sunkid Heege offers not only OEM quality spare parts and maintenance, but is also an expert in the manufacture of special vehicle components.
Sunkid Heege therefore designed and produced the complete seating units for the new Tourbillon (meaning twister) by abc rides.
The Tourbillon is based on the concept of a giant gyroscope which subjects passengers to centrifugal forces in three dimensions. Three frame elements surrounding the gondola move in several directions. The unpredictability of the ride is very high as a result and passengers are properly “swirled” all around.
Given such loads, the seating units are of major significance and therefore when awarding the contract, abc rides put their trust in the experts at Sunkid Heege.
The 24 seating units are however made up of far more components than a conventional seat. A seating is essentially comprised of seven components: housing, backrest, seat shell, safety bar, locking mechanism and last but not least, monitoring made up of sensor technology in accordance with EN 13814.
For maximum security along with top comfort for passengers, Sunkid Heege implemented a multiple redundant restraint system. Electromagnetically controlled locking bolts linked with fully sealed hydraulic safety cylinders allow for continuous adjustment of the safety bar. This diverse system has attained a category 5 rating in accordance with EN 13814 and in addition, offers purely electric control. This presents a big advantage with such complex major rides like the Tourbillon.