The folks at Cantilevered Coaster Systems believe they may have the answer. Using a dual-track configuration and a cantilevered arm connecting a train to both tracks, the designers can create a wild range of new attraction possibilities. By hiding the track system from passengers, the ride could appear to defy logic as it careens in unexpected ways. As a dark ride, high-speed trains could "fly" to uncharted planets, zoom along water, and soar up and over mountains. Even without themeing and without hiding the track system, a cantilevered coaster could amp up the thrills by convincing riders they are hell-bent on crashing into a support beam or are doomed to fly off the edge of a track.
To date, neither the company nor any parks have announced any new projects that would incorporate a cantilevered coaster system. But the concept is mighty intriguing, and the allure is compelling. I'll keep you posted if I hear about anything.
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