This might be the world's first amusement park ride that resembles a product design production method. The engineers at Swiss outfit ABC Rides have developed the Tourbillon (a French word that is used to refer to everything from merry-go-rounds to whirlwinds and maelstroms), a literal stomach-turner that does, well, this:
You guys reckon they saw a rotational molding machine, then thought about loading it up with humans rather than kayak molds? Whatever the motivation, the machine took three years to develop and rang up a bill of 1.8 million Euros in development costs.
After being strapped in, the intern had second thoughts, but no one could hear his screams
The footage above is of the Tourbillon being tested prior to being shipped to France, where it will be incorporated into an attraction that thrill-seekers can ride for three to six minutes. Unsurprisingly, it's not being billed as a rotational molding machine: Instead they're going with the Contact/astronaut training theme and calling it "Starlight."
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