Six Flags Magic Mountain tonight announced its record-setting 20th roller coaster, kicking off Six Flags' annual reveal of new attractions for the upcoming season.
West Coast Racers will be a Premier Rides launched coaster that will send riders on a two-lap race around a refurbished and newly-themed land in the park. Featuring a Mobius-strip-style track like on Twisted Colossus, riders will take their first lap around the track racing the previously-loaded train, filled with visitors who are completing their second lap. Then, on their second time around the circuit, they'll race the next train.
Along the way, riders will experience four launches — hitting a top speed of 55 miles per hour — three zero G rolls and a zero G stall for four total inversions, and 30 total interactions with the other train, including the "high five" familiar to Magic Mountain fans from Twisted Colossus.
And in between their laps, riders will pass again through the load station, this time on the other side, which will be themed to a "pit stop" in the shop of West Coast Customs, the car design brand that came to fame on MTV's "Pimp My Ride."
(If this is where you wonder if Universal should have followed this concept for its Fast & Furious ride, well, you won't be alone.)
With its terrain-hugging profile, West Coast Racers might remind fans of a plussed version of Premier's previous work on Backlot Stunt Coaster. West Coast Racers will be Premier's fourth coaster in Southern California, following Magic Mountain's Full Throttle, SeaWorld San Diego's Electric Eel, and Universal Studios Hollywood's Revenge of the Mummy.
West Coast Racers will be built between Apocalypse and Ninja, in "a new LA centric urban-themed area where guests will enjoy a high-energy street vibe." The park promises new dining and retail in the area, as well as a re-theme for the Cyclone 500 Go Karts.
Six Flags is calling this "the world’s first racing launch coaster," but as I pointed out on Twitter this evening...
Okay, it was in one-train mode when I rode it, and thus not racing that day, but Ferrari World's Fiorano GT Challenge was a "racing launch coaster" before West Coast Racers. #Nitpicking https://t.co/5LMI7sYJwz— Theme Park Insider (@ThemePark) August 30, 2018
Around the rest of the Six Flags chain, Six Flags Great America, north of Chicago, continues the racing theme with Maxx Force, which the company is calling "the fastest launch coaster in North America." Launching from zero to 78 mph in less than two seconds, this Formula 1-themed coaster will feature the "fastest inversion in the world," a 60 mph zero G roll. The company also said that Maxx Force will have the highest double inversion of any roller coaster in the world, at 175 feet above the ground.
Elsewhere, Six Flags is going strong with pendulum rides in 2019, adding them at three parks. Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio gets the record-breaker, with The Joker Wild Card, which will be the tallest and fastest spinning pendulum ride in the world when it opens next spring, besting Magic Mountain's CraZanity. Six Flags Great Adventure's Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth will be nearly as tall, at 17 stories. And Six Flags Over Georgia gets the "tallest swinging pendulum ride in the Southeast" with Pandemonium, at 15 stories.
In addition, as predicted by just about everyone, Six Flags America's Apocalypse coaster is getting a floorless make-over into Firebird. (Rising from the ashes, get it?) Six Flags Over Texas gets a 100-foot Larson Loop coaster to be called Lone Star Revolution. Six Flags New England is getting a Tourbillon spinning ride called Cyborg. And Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, in northern California, is getting a 4D wing coaster called Batman: The Ride.Tweet
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