It only seems appropriate, that the largest fair in the world also features the largest transportable rollercoaster in the world. Following the introduction of the first non-neck-breaking inversion rollercoaster in Germany in 1978, this type of rollercoaster experienced what you could call a hype. The 1978 “Loopingstar” (Kinzler & Bruch) was followed by Rudolf Barth’s “Doppelooping”. Barth increased the number of inversion to three in 1984, while Bruch introduces the legendary four-inversion Thriller two years later. Its inversion-record only lasted three years, as since 1989 the Olympia-Looping has been the only transportable rollercoaster featuring five inversions.
The 13 Million Mark project was designed by Dr. Werner Stengel and built in Peißenberg. You need 30 train wagons in order to transport the 1214 meters of rails. But also the ride itself is impressive. After a 52-degree -drop from 32,5 meters, the train accelerates to 80,17 km/h, exposing its riders to 5.2g entering the first loop.
Stengel’s design goal was to achieve a harmonic ride experience despite the intense acceleration, which was by the way even higher in the first designs. Without a doubt, Stengel’s design was a success. Disregarding the beginning of the first loop, even after all these years, the train still manages to wind itself through the track very smoothly.