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What is The CRC System?
The Cantilevered Coaster System, or CRC is the first roller coaster ride system that truly places the ride vehicle and its passengers away from the track system, and at varying distances and angles. We are sure that as you read more about the CRC you will agree that it is one of the most radical ride systems ever conceived, even though it makes use of economically simple mechanical principles to get there.
We at Cantilevered Coaster systems believe that attractions based on the CRC system will be the next innovative step in the roller coaster and dark ride world. Concealment of the track with the ability to have "flying" vehicles is the obvious ideal in ride teechnology. Other systems have tried to achieve this ideal, but the CRC system concept can actually reach it.

After reaching land, the Turbine charges up the shore and in to a rockwork landscape reminiscent of a race track on some alien planet. In the land-based portion of this outdoor ride, the CRC track system is concealed by scenic rockwork, landscaping, and below-ground channels. (Illustrations: Magic Hand Concepts)
The CRC themed as "The Turbine" a ride that takes you both across water and over land. Lauched using a LIM system or a similar system, the vehicle heads out over a lake, skimming and bouncing over the water surface like a low flying aircraft.The track system is concealed in a channel below the water.

How Does It Work?
The CRC concept consists of a dual track and dual chassis configuration, with the two chassis being arranged one above the other. The lower chassis anchors a support arm that passes through a gimbled bearing system in the upper chassis and supports the ride vehicle. The support arm can slide back and forth through the upper chassis, which in turn serves as a fulcrum between the lower chassis and the vehicle.
As the vehicle and its two chassis move along the track system, the varying distance of the pairs of rails and their angles to one another control the travel path of vehicle. The lower chassis may be linked mechanically to the vehicle through the support arm so that any change in the lower chassis roll angle causes the ride vehicle to roll through a similar angle.
By having the vehicle "cantilevered" off and away from the track system through the use of the support arm, it becomes possible to conceal the track system from the rider's view. Of course all of the loops, spirals, bankings, and inversions of today's coasters are possible with the CRC, but are made even more intense by the CRC's added capabilities.

Below: "A CRC Steel Coaster Storyboard"
(or "Nasty Tricks the CRC Can Play on Guests Using Little or no Theming")

1) LAUNCH... our vehicle takes off
straight out of the station at high
speed.

2) As we race along our vehicle rises up off of the track, but up ahead HEADCHOPPER LOOMS! And... our
track appears to be
taking us STRAIGHT FOR IT!

3) At the last moment our vehicle dips,
but the track DOESN'T! EEEEESH!
(However the lower track did dip, its
just that WE didn't see it.)

4) Farther along, we follow a wicked descending curve to the right, our
vehicle hiking further and further
OUT to the inside of the curve
and AWAY from the track course.
We bank DEEPER and DEEPER into
the curve!

5) AAAAACK! We're way off the track
and about to SLAM in to one of the
pylons supporting other tracks
overhead!

6) OOOOWWW! In the nick of time we
pull back in line with the track course, JUST narrowly missing SMASHING
into thePYLON! (The lower controlling
track has saved us again!)

Illustrations: Magic Hand Concepts

The CRC system will be usable in a number of varied applications. In a high-speed configuration utilizing traditional gravity power, the CRC becomes a fierce, white-knuckle, 4-D flying-ride that can scare the pants off a guest, with or without the utilization of additional thematic treatment or other concealment of the track system.

Combining a high-speed system and the utilization of theatrical scenery and lighting, either indoors or outdoors, further enhances the CRC's "flying" characteristics. An indoor setting is especially advantageous since light control comes in to play, allowing for easier track concealment and total control of the rider's point of view.

In a slower-speed, constant drive configuration, the CRC becomes a multi-axis, dark-ride system, similar to those used at major theme parks in highly themed adventure-style rides. The major difference between these rides and the CRC is that the CRC vehicle doesn't require on-board hydraulic or other power, and the associated computers to control it.

If you are interested in the development of the CRC System and its possibilities for your park, please contact us via e-mail at info@cantileveredcoaster.com.

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