Lightning Launch

Feel the Extreme Thrill!


Marketable Moment: Accelerating to top speed in a matter of seconds combined with our dynamic layouts make Zamperla’s Launch coasters a market leader.

Our Lightning Launch Coasters are capable of hourly capacities from 500 to 2,000 pph. The layout shown on this page is our standard two-launch layout. However, we can custom design a ride to fit your site and budget.

Launch Coasters utilize the Lightning vehicle, which is our thrill platform.

We partnered with the leading manufacturer of roller coaster LSM systems. This ensures our launch system consistently has great uptime.


  • New Coaster at Playland at the PNE, Vancouver, Canada
  • Top Thrill 2 at Cedar Point, Ohio, USA


• New Restraint and Seat: The Lightning features open seating that keeps riders safe with a comfortable, redundant lap bar. We created a vehicle that was ergonomic and offered open seating.

• Capacity: The train’s open design allows for a higher real hourly capacity. Guests can enter and exit the train much faster than the competition.

• Re-Imagined Car Body: The entire chassis is aluminum-milled. This not only allows the vehicle to weigh less. It dramatically reduces the amount of NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) required every off-season. This minimizes the cost of ownership when compared to traditional roller coaster vehicles

• Meet any Capacity: The Lightning train system is our modular thrill platform and we will utilize the number of vehicles so our proposal meets your budgetary and capacity needs

Credits: Artist concept rendering, Courtesy of Cedar Point.



Track Length1,074 m (3,524 ft)1
Track Height30.9 m (101 ft)2
Footprint161 x 82.1 m (521 x 269 ft)3
Max Speed90 km/h (56 mph)4
Passenger Height Restriction120 cm (48 in) minimum5
Theoretical Hourly Capacity (assumes 60 second load/unload)2 trains- 800 pph | 3 trains- 1,300 pph6
Number of Trains2 or 37
Number of Passengers per-Train208
Propulsion SystemLinear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Launch13
Design StandardsEN, ASTM, GB and other specifications14



Top Thrill 2 is the world’s first reimagined strata coaster and the fastest and tallest LSM triple-launch coaster.

Thanks to the all-new linear synchronous motor (LSM) launch system, riders will experience three unique launches:
  • A forward launch at a speed of 119 km/h (74 mph), which leads into a new crowd favorite – the rollback
  • A second backward launch reaching a speed of 163 km/h (101 mph), climbing at a 90-degree angle on the new, 128 meter (420 foot)-tall vertical spike.
  • A third launch that clocks in at the ride’s top speed of 193 km/h (120 mph) and speeds over the 128 meter (420 foot) top hat before diving into a 270-degree spiral leading to the finish line.

Credits: Artist concept rendering, Courtesy of Cedar Point.


Top Thrill 2 Lightning Launch

  • Total Track Length: 1043 meters (3422 ft)
  • Maximum height: 128 meters (420 ft)
  • Number of Trains: 3
  • Vehicles per-Train: 5
  • Passengers per-Train: 20
  • Height Restriction: 132 cm (52 in) minimum
  • Hourly capacity: 1000pph

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