On its premiere in 1990, Top Spin proved an instant success with European fairgoers. The ride sported a relatively small footprint, great visual flash to spectators, a varied and exciting ride sequence coupled with unsurpassed rider comfort and build quality. Parks were soon lining up to add one to their park map and with over 90 made is now the most successful HUSS creation since the Breakdance
The structure consists of a 40-person platform suspended between two counterweighted arms. The arms are turned by multi-directional DC motors while the suspended platform hinges freely on air-braked hubs that are operator (or computer) engaged at various points of the orbit. The resultant motion is varied with the gondola tumbling freely as a direct result of the moving arms. With 8 pre-set programs or, as used with great popularity on the European fair scene, full manual control (often with added water effects to splash riders)
Within the leisure industry it commanded everything that HUSS was known for. While it was not the cheapest model to purchase, it is by number the most common make to this day; well ahead of similar copies made by Mondial, Vekoma, Fabbri and Moser.
While there are around 14 original HUSS Top Spin units travelling the fairs of Europe and 1 in North America, the majority are park models due to its large structure (3.5 trailers), road law restrictions outside of Europe, and the 27 tonnes of water ballast to stabilise each of its support towers.
HUSS now offer three variations of their Top Spin:
- Topsin II - a more transportable, compact 28-person unit with no ballast requirement for the towers.
- Suspended Topspin - a floorless version of the ride that can hold 38 passengers in two rows back to back (park versions only)
- Giant Top Spin - launched in 2000 in HUSS’s Giant Rides range - 68ft tall, it can hold 77 persons. Only one has been built to date.