Evolution

Premiering at Munich Oktoberfest in 1992, constructed by Nauta Bussink & Bailey of Holland, Evolution remains one of the largest rides ever to be transported. Weighing a massive 300+ tonnes, 33 metres (113ft) high and wheel diameter of 15 metres (45ft), it earned a Guinness World Record for the largest inverting carousel structure ever built.

Evolution (also known as Imperator) consists of a giant arm bearing a rotating wheel holding 16 four-person gondolas on one end, and a set of 10-tonne counterweights at the other. With riders facing outwards, Evolution’s movement involves the freely suspended gondolas move upwards and outwards as the wheel turns. With this happening, the arm slowly turns 180° exposing the riders to strong g-forces before both movements usually stop, suspending the riders in an upright, inward facing position 33 metres off the ground. After a few minutes, rotation of the wheel and arm recommences to complete one 360° circuit before the ride cycle finishes.

Only 3 units were ever made by Bussink & Bailey
USA, Excalibur at Six Flags St Louis (ex-portable from Europe)
Germany, Imperator, travelling German fairs again after being in storage for some years
Japan, ex-Kure Portopialand (park version) currently in storage after the park closed in 2005

With the arm alone weighing 160 tonnes, Evolution travels Europe on 16 trailers (most classed as heavy over-size loads).

More common is Fabbri’s Evolution, manufactured under license by Bussink’s design. At 21 metres (68ft) it’s considerably smaller, portable on two trailers and accommodates 40 riders in 10 cars. Unlike Bussink’s design, the gondolas are not suspended freely with 360° mounts but are controlled by pneumatic cylinders at the operator’s discretion.

There are at least 3 Fabbri units in USA and 6 in Europe, both portable and park design.

Nauta Bussink Technical Information
Number of cars 16
Number of passengers per car 4 adults
Ride Speed 1 RPM Arm 10 RPM Wheel
Maximum ride height 34.5 metres 113 ft)
Ride width 20 m / 66 ft
Ride depth 24 m / 79 ft
Ride weight (EMPTY) 43,000 lbs (300,000kg)
Transport 16 trailers
Fabbri Technical Information
Number of cars 10
Number of passengers per car 4 adults
Ride Speed 3 RPM Arm 10 RPM Wheel
Maximum ride height 20 metres 70 ft)
Ride width 20 m / 66 ft
Ride depth 24 m / 79 ft
Ride weight (EMPTY) 14,000 lbs (21,000kg)
Transport 3 trailers

26 Responses to “Evolution”

  1. Uuuhuuuuuuuuuuuu, I love this ride very much, after it`s “antecessor cousin” Enterprise. Playcenter in São Paulo and Mirabilandia in Reci fe/Pernambuco have one too. And I dream of having one too, called “Air Supply”!!!! hahaha fui!

    Taty TX - December 1st, 2009 at 10:05 am

  2. Helloooooooooo, I WANT IMPERATOR IN BRAZIIIIL!!!(PREFERENCE TO WHERE I LIVE, IM PIQUETE/SP)FIXED FOREVER!!! “I can wait forever If you say you`ll be there too I can wait forever if you will I know it worth at all To spend my life alone With you…”

    Evolution/Luty - December 31st, 2009 at 7:44 am

  3. scary!!!!!!!!! because it keeps you up in the air for about 1 minute at the start but once that is over your of and away loving it pooing it hands up amazing irl love to have one in my back garden i dont have to wish because i already have one in my back garden because im rich!!!!

    george - May 1st, 2010 at 6:02 am

  4. ceder point have one i always wat to go

    cman101 - June 21st, 2010 at 8:59 am

  5. Cman, you are confusing the Evolution with maXair, which is a Huss Giant Frisbee (awesome ride, btw).

    I rode the one at Six Flags St. Louis (Excalibur) this year and it was quite an interesting ride. It spun a little faster than I liked but the ride experience was great. Like the fact that you didn’t go upside down though I think I would have liked the arm to do two revolutions.

    Michael - July 14th, 2010 at 10:43 am

  6. Evolutions are so rare I dont even know where the closest one is

    mb - July 21st, 2010 at 12:30 am

  7. THERE IS ONE AT DREAMWORLD AUSTRALIA IT IS CALLED THE CLAW

    BOBRICK - September 12th, 2010 at 12:40 am

  8. No there’s not^ Six Flags St. Louis one used to be at a German fair until it was moved to SFGAdv, as Evolution, then St. Louis as Excalibur.

    merf - September 22nd, 2010 at 5:53 am

  9. its not rare

    bob - September 23rd, 2010 at 11:01 pm

  10. my bff rode a ride just like this but it was called the screamer i waited for her to get off . . . again!!!

    Angel - December 21st, 2010 at 6:28 am

  11. Did you guys know that it goes upsidedown?

    oliver - April 9th, 2011 at 7:14 am

  12. My legs waked my face HAHAHAHAHAH!

    oliver - April 9th, 2011 at 7:16 am

  13. i just want to know if i can ride this cuz im 11 years old and i want to know if 11 year olds can ride this and btw there is going to b 1 at the oc fair which im going there plz someone comment me back to let me know if 11 year olds can ride this and also 10 year olds! PLZ!!!

    sydney - June 30th, 2011 at 7:45 am

  14. mb its going to b at the oc fair this year at costa mesa

    sydney - June 30th, 2011 at 7:47 am

  15. to oliver OMG REALLY I THINK I WILL B SCREAMING FOR MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sydney - June 30th, 2011 at 7:56 am

  16. and oliver lol

    sydney - June 30th, 2011 at 7:56 am

  17. hello can sum1 ANSWER MY ? oops caps srry

    sydney - July 1st, 2011 at 10:53 am

  18. i need to know plz!!!!!!!! not 2 b mean or pushy

    sydney - July 5th, 2011 at 7:18 am

  19. Hello?

    sydney - July 10th, 2011 at 2:36 am

  20. The model owned by Jim Bishop, who books in with RCS at the OC Fair, LA County Fair, and many other spots is currently for sale.

    Chuck - October 31st, 2011 at 2:40 pm

  21. sydney,you are allowed on it.

    oliver - December 4th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  22. i love i,it looks very scary but it’s not the big deal as it seems, i love i think it’s very familiar for my taste

    munich cmel - January 5th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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  24. I WAS RIDING THE EVOLUTION WITH MY KID SISTER AT THE CLARK COUNTY FAIR IN VANCOUVER WASHINGTON, AND ONE OF THE PINS FELL OUT OF THE SIGN AND HIT THE DECK. WAY TO GO BUTLER AMUSEMENT. THATS ANOTHER GOOD ONE. BUTLER HAS BEEN HAVING LOTTS OF BAD THINGS GO WRONG. WHAT THE HELL IS GOUNG ON?????

    ANTHONY DALE - October 13th, 2015 at 6:14 am

  25. What is the cost to build/buy one of these.?

    AUstin - March 27th, 2017 at 11:37 pm

  26. They have a new ride called the SuperFlip360 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, at Funland. It is essentially the same thing as this.

    Tom - August 21st, 2017 at 5:10 am

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