The Cobra coaster in Switzerland introduces innovative new trains
Conny-Land in Lipperswil is not only the largest theme park in Switzerland but for the last 10 years, it has also been the home of Europe’s largest linear roller coaster: The Cobra. Since the summer of 2020, “The New Cobra” has an exciting new train design with several innovative features and rider-experience improvements.
The Cobra is undoubtedly a one-of-a-kind coaster with a length of over 700 feet (215 meters), a 137-foot-high slightly overhanging drop tower, a loop, two camelbacks, and the scorpion tail. Originally built by PAX in 2010, the Cobra received an entirely newly-developed train from Sunkid-Heege for its tenth anniversary, reinforcing the well-deserved top-tier status of this roller coaster.
The most significant change is a new arrangement of the seat rows. Except for the train’s first and last cars, all cars have two seat rows facing each other. With this new configuration, guests are not only sitting face-to-face during the ride, but they can also experience it forward or backward.
“This is an innovation that visitors love enormously in particular in a shuttle loop coaster like the Cobra in Conny-Land,” notes park manager Roby Gasser
The Cobra has a revolutionary new retention system
The new train also features a revolutionary new and patented Embrace 5 retention system that replaces the traditional solid shoulder brackets with a protruding safety bracket connected to a belt system. The most noticeable element of the Embrace 5 for riders is that it uses padded belts and a textile chest support instead of solid shoulder brackets. The system also adjusts to each rider’s physique and size, providing an unprecedented amount of comfort and adaptability.
The retention system is also multiply-redundant with a mechanical latch-handle system, a hydraulic safety cylinder, and a safety bracket with hand support and grip.