B&M, also known as Bolliger and Mabillard, have been creating some great coasters since 1990. Their very first coaster was a stand-up creation known as Iron Wolf, located at Sis Flags Great America. After their initial coaster, they continued to create world class coasters with high thrills and intense forces. However, in the past few years, their coasters have slipped from the forceful experiences that the original creations had - they are now more graceful. Some are upset, and want B&M to return to their roots creating their rides with aggressive forces. Personally, I have enjoyed most of their latest creations, with large and grand elements, but would still like the high force elements to provide a more high - intensity experience. From the looks of it, B&M is breaking the mold in 2015 and mixing their two styles to make some great coasters - it looks like a great year for B&M with the two coasters, Thunderbird and Fury 325.
Thunderbird & the Innovative Launch: This is huge. In the past, the traditional chain lift has been essential for B&M, but with Thunderbird, the launch is now an option for future B&M coasters. The launch on Thunderbird is utilizing high - tech magnets to accelerate the train smoothly to 60 miles per hour, in just seconds. This is really a big change for B&M coasters, and I'm really excited to see how it turns out for Thunderbird.
Fury 325 & the Insane Speeds and Elements: When Fury first started testing, It blew me away. The coaster's speed throughout the elements remained constant; the train zipped through banked turns and flied through its helix. I hadn't seen a B&M coaster go this fast on its first test run in years, which is exciting. To date, Fury is the company's tallest and fastest coaster that they have built, and they are definitely combining their two "styles" for Fury. The stature of this coaster alone is enough for it to be graceful and majestic, and the speed that is takes through the course has it being most likely forceful and intense like their older creations.
Personally, I love the new direction B&M seems to be heading, and it looks like 2015 should be a great year for them with two solid, innovative attractions.
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