Sorry to say this but the last Merlin coaster was Kung Fu Panda Master which is Fabbri spinner
But anyway, b&m to produce smooth, good reliable coasters.
I mean, if you want to get technical
Hardly any better, but there you go.
If they want to work with (say) Mack I would expect them to work on a smaller project first to see what the relationship is like.
Merlin started with Gerstlauer on a big project (Saw), and are now working with GCI on SW8, which is by no means a small investment. Given the huge amounts of planning and discussions which occur before the contract is signed, I think it's entirely possible to get a good feel for a manufacturer and how productive the relationship will be before committing to any project, potentially removing the need for a smaller investment first. Besides, Merlin do have large ride systems and small scale coasters produced by Mack at their parks (even if they weren't installed by Merlin themselves), so it's inevitable that Merlin have already got to work with Mack's team and likely have a good relationship with them. While I think B&M are indeed the most likely manufacturer of a future steel coaster, I wouldn't rule out companies like Mack, especially if Icon goes down well at Merlin's main competitor!
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