First look: coaster video from Maxx Force, Steel Curtain

June 22, 2019, 4:46 PM · Six Flags Great America, north of Chicago, has released its first-look real POV video from its upcoming record-setting launch coaster, Maxx Force.

Maxx Force launches from zero to 78 mph in less than two seconds and features what Six Flags is calling the "fastest inversion in the world," a 60 mph zero-G roll, plus the highest double inversion of any roller coaster in the world, at 175 feet above the ground. This S&S Sansei Technologies coaster will open this July 4 weekend.

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Update: Not to be outdone, Kennywood posted video of the first test run for its new Pittsburgh Steelers-themed coaster, Steel Curtain.

Here is another view.

Also an S&S model, Steel Curtain will feature a US-record nine inversions on 4,000 feet of track, topping out at 220 feet and a maximum speed of 75 mph. There's no official word yet on an opening date.

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June 22, 2019 at 11:42 PM

The Maxx Force name somehow brings to mind Homer Simpson's made up identity of "Max Power" decades ago- he even had a diddy to the tune of the "Goldfinger" theme to go with it! Ah, mixing up my IPs must be a sign of old age:)

June 23, 2019 at 7:51 AM

Well, to be fair Dave, he is the man with the name that you want to touch - but you mustnt touch!

June 24, 2019 at 7:23 AM

I'm shocked that SFGA is going to go from initial testing to open in just 2 weeks, and over a holiday weekend no less. That's an amazingly short amount of testing time for a coaster with a very complicated launching system that hasn't been seen in the US for nearly a decade (pneumatic launch last seen on Hypersonic XLC at KD).

At least Steel Curtain has a traditional chain lift, but even that coaster seems to be rapidly progressing through the most critical part of the build with the final piece of track installed less than 2 weeks ago.

I don't think I've ever seen a coaster go from completed track to open in such a short period of time, and considering these are two of the first traditional-style roller coasters coming from S&S/Arrow in ages, I would be concerned that both will experience long bouts of downtown over the next few months, far more than you would expect even for a new, prototype style coaster. I wouldn't be surprised to see these 2 coasters to compete with Hagrid's for the fewest fully operational hours over the summer.

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