Thursday, August 30, 2012

Taking it Full Throttle: Six Flags Magic Mountain 2013

2013 will see Six Flags Magic Mountain debut its 18th roller coaster, Full Throttle.  The custom designed Premier Rides creation will feature three separate launches, one of which is taken backwards, and two of which are in a tunnel, and a top speed of 70 miles per hour.

But the statistics do not stop there, as the park is advertising Full Throttle as the roller coaster with the world's largest vertical loop at 160 feet in height. 

The vertical loop will also be home to another interesting feature, it will also serve as a Top Hat element that the train will pass over later in the ride, a first for any coaster I know of.  After completing the vertical loop the two 18 passenger trains will head through a series of high speed, low to the ground curves before encountering another inversion.

As the train reach their turnaround point they suddenly head into a Dive Loop which sends them plummeting down into a special effects tunnel located under ground.  The trains slow, only to launch backward, halfway up the dive loop they just passed through.  Immediately upon reentering the tunnel they launch forward, up and over the Top Hat element.

Full Throttle will be "located near the front of the park in a newly themed five-acre section where guests will experience high-energy thrills through fast-paced imagery, sound and lights."