Zamperla launch coaster coming to California
Designed and manufactured by Zamperla, Pony Express will complement the western theme of Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town area when it opens late May. The California park’s newest ride promises a horseback relay at speeds never imagined in the Old West, and is adaptation of Zamperla’s Motocoaster.
Sitting astride one of 16 horses, riders will be launched at a speed of 0-38 mph in less than three seconds via a flywheel and clutch drive system.
The terrain for the mounted riders will be rugged as they navigate an ascending banked turn to a height of over 44ft, then through a series of 60-degree banked turns, camelbacks, and tight manoeuvres. During the 1,300ft-long ride, passengers will also fly past Boot Hill and Big Foot Rapids.