We are proud to announce that our partner Ingenieurbüro Stengel together with Intamin has won the Red Dot Product Design Award “Best of the Best” 2021 for the new backbone (BB) coaster track design. This track design is exclusively used in most of Intamin’s new coasters.
The Red Dot Design Award, which since 1955 gives awards to the most outstanding product, concept, brand and communication designs, is one of the most renowned design awards in the world. The jury of 50 international design experts rate products on characteristics like grade of innovation, functionality, formal quality, longevity, symbolic and emotional aesthetics, etc.
This year, the jury selected 77 winners for Product Design in the Category “Industrial, Machines and Automation”. Four of those winners additionally received the award “Best of the Best”, one of them being Stengel & Intamin’s BB Track.
The innovative Stengel BB Track steel element was developed against the background that common track designs for achieving high speeds and withstanding extreme loads have to meet the highest demands regarding safety, material and workmanship of the track, but often pay very little attention to the aesthetic side. Thus, the aim of this design was to further increase the anticipation and thrill of a roller coaster ride by lending it a new shape and appearance. The design of the track with its filigree design language and large track spans allows a significantly simplified fabrication and thus, besides the design, increases the cost effectiveness of the track production. The most recent use of this award-winning track is Walibi Belgium’s Mega Coaster “Kondaa“.
The Jury justifies the award as followed:
“This steel track for roller coasters convinces with impressive technical qualities and a fascinating new shape at the same time. Fundamentally rethinking the design of such steel elements, the roller coaster track has been given an outstandingly appealing look based on the patented concept of connecting curved tubes by means of thin metal sheets. Moreover, this construction approach allows material usage to be minimized.”
Intamin is proud of this achievement and want to thank Ingenieurbüro Stengel for the great partnership over the years and in the future.
Read the full article on Red Dot’s website here: Stengel BB Track Series Red Dot Award