Explorer

The explorer was first manufactured by Reverchon Industries of France in 1980. Reverchon, a pioneer in the electric bumper car. Several units were made under license in USA and Australia in the early 1980’s with approximately 30 built worldwide before production ceased by Reverchon around 2001.

The ride consists of a fast undulating rotational movement with 3 ups and downs per revolution ranging from 0.5 to 5 metres (1.6 to 16 ft), with a swinging sensation, both clockwise and counter-clockwise direction. Unlike similar rides the hydraullically driven Explorer does not use a tram guide to lift and lower the cars but instead an ingenious reverse eccentric centre hub.

The large 40-person ride is mounted on one 46ft trailer and can be set up in as little as 4 hours with 3 people.

There are approximately 5 Reverchon units operating in Europe, at least 5 in USA and 3 Explorers in Australia – one at Melbourne’s Luna Park, one immaculate road model renamed Flashdance owned by Chant’s, and an ex-park model under refurbishment. These 3 were built in Australia under license from Reverchon in the 1980’s.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • 20 two seats cars
  • Two axis
  • Maximum speed : 16 rpm
  • Power supply : 80 kW
  • Hourly capacity : 900 to 1,000 people
  • Set-up time : 6 hours for 3 people
  • Hydraulic unit with 4 functions
  • Control rack for all functions
  • Mounted on a 14 m (46 ft) trailer
  • Road weight 24 tons

26 Responses to “Explorer”

  1. Nice website. I have marked it in my favorites..Thanks

    Doug Rathbun - May 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 am

  2. Such an underrated ride. Awesome experience, especially in reverse.

    Skippy - May 31st, 2009 at 10:40 pm

  3. They used to have this ride at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in CA when I was growing up. If I recall correctly, it was called Wave Jammer.

    JJ - June 22nd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

  4. Oh hell yeah! I would soooo go on that ride! Looks hella sick,damn It sounds like a suspended version of the himalaya,only ALOT damn rougher,Damn!

    ba-boss-bomb - July 2nd, 2009 at 7:43 am

  5. A great ride with excellent atmosphere and a great feeling when travelling in reverse especially. I am not a fan of the safety bar which comes down too far IMO, severely restricting body movement but apart from that it’s awesome and one of my favourite intermediate rides.

    Ben - July 9th, 2009 at 10:50 am

  6. looks cool.

    Nun-ya-buz - August 14th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

  7. This is on my list of rides that deserve to be re-manufactured. The A.R.M. Quasar is very similar to this.

    Michael - February 24th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

  8. That reminds me of a ride that was at Old Chicago in the ’70s, called the Chicago Bobs. I don’t remember if the Bobs platform lifted that high though or at that much of an angle

    Moon - August 23rd, 2010 at 2:53 pm

  9. This is probably the best fair ride i’ve ever been on! I go to Luna Park in St. Kilda once a year, and this is the first ride i head for! except, it’s called G-Force

    Loki - September 7th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

  10. I just purchased this ride. It’s located in Oklahoma City, OK. For Sale, Make offer web3rd@aol.com consists of two semi trailers

    WEB - December 7th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

  11. i would ride this

    Angel - December 21st, 2010 at 6:47 am

  12. I’m too scared about this.

    Lindsey - January 3rd, 2011 at 6:16 am

  13. defintly in my motion picture, flying bumper cars this is awsome.

    sir erick whitley - May 17th, 2011 at 2:22 am

  14. I’ve seen one of these and, if I recall, they are a larger version of an A.R.M. Quasar. Still like the Quasars better; on appearance alone. The Explorer I saw was run by Tip-Top-Shows and it had a Star Trek theme.

    M Time - June 6th, 2011 at 5:30 am

  15. OMG HELL YEA (i shouldnt cuss cuz im young) but FRICKIN HELL YEA I WANNA GO ON THIS THIS LOOKS FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sydney - July 5th, 2011 at 7:29 am

  16. There’s an Explorer still traveling around Chicago (I believe).

    Chuck - October 31st, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  17. The Explorer is a great ride, but so is the Hang Ten. I think there is still one traveling the East Coast.

    jim - November 17th, 2011 at 6:25 am

  18. Chuck… The one you are referring to is still owned and operated by Modern Midways out of Chicago Heights, IL. Yes they still have it.

    Justin - January 11th, 2012 at 2:30 am

  19. Loads of photos and information, on one of the 3 Explorers in Australia, specifically the ex-park model “The Tasmanian Devil” from Australia’s Wonderland currently for sale after being half trailerized but not completed. Some information for you…. The 3 Australian explores you refer to on this page were built in Australia by DanFab engineering under license from Reverchon in the 1980’s. The Tasmanian Devil was Built for Australia’s Wonderland in 1985 and was slightly smaller in diameter than the other explorers they built and had the capability to go backwards, for whatever reason Australia’s Wonderland chose to operate it in one direction only. Follow the link below for more information and pictures from its installation at Australia’s Wonderland, to info and photos of it in its current half trailerized but not completed state. http://www.wonderlandhistory.net/rides/tasmanian_devil

    Wonderland History - August 29th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

  20. We had one in the carnival I worked for and it was called “Starship USA” a great ride for sure.

    dragon - September 17th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  21. I have been on this ride, with slight hesitation at first, but it is AWESOME! If you ever see this ride at a fair, show, theme park or carnival, you have GOT TO ride it.

    Caleb - October 28th, 2013 at 6:09 am

  22. I rode Hang 10 which was a lot like this one. Not sure if it went up as high. Was at fair back in early 90s at our LaPorte, Indiana fair.

    Very smooth ride and surprisingly doesn’t make you nauseous like many others. I would sit at an angle and watch from behind as it was going. A lot of G-force behind it but was smooth like the Enterprise.

    Erik - December 19th, 2014 at 8:44 am

  23. Its the quasar ride and its very fun!!!!

    Green Ninja - January 12th, 2015 at 11:31 am

  24. Daniel

    Mob: 07985 193 715

    We have the model from France in the UK and this is for sale for offers above £130k.

    Contact if anyone is interested.

    Daniel Borra - January 28th, 2015 at 9:43 pm

  25. 1983 – Revechon Explorer – “Hyper” FOR SALE. Uk Based.

    Great condition and been looked after by experienced UK Showman.

    OFFERS £130,000…

    07972 907 854

    Spencer Shufflebottom - April 29th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

  26. They used to have one of these at Luna Park in Melbourne called G-Force. Sadly it got replaced with a Zamperla Power Surge.

    Terra Verso - October 22nd, 2017 at 6:58 pm

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