Six Flags Fiesta Texas today announced the world’s first Rocky Mountain Construction Raptor track layout for the spring 2018 season, titled Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster. The Raptor track, as seen testing here, features a unique single-rail concept that, because the two sides of the coaster cannot bend or separate in distorted ways, will create an ultra-smooth ride.
“I expect it to be crazy smooth,” says Larry Chickola, Six Flags VP and chief corporate engineer. “And crazy fun. There will be extremely quick twists and turns – quicker and smoother than regular coasters.”
Wonder Woman will climb a 113-foot hill, drop about 100 feet straight down at 90-degrees, and hit a top speed of 52 mph. It will include overbanked turns and the free-floating sensation known as airtime. Among its three inversions will be a “180-degree stall,” in which the train will roll halfway over and suspend riders for a few agonizing moments before it unrolls and returns them right-side-up.
Capacity remains the primary issue with Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster. Featuring eight cars per train and a mere single rider per row, and appearing (in the renderings) to feature no mid-course brake run, Wonder Woman can only run eight riders through the track at a time, creating a slow-moving line for what will become one of the park’s most popular attractions. However, a flying sensation is truly created with this experience. Nobody is around the rider and if they look down from either side, riders won’t be able to see the mere 15.5″ track below them. Chickola states that “You’re going to feel like your gliding through the air.”
Thanks to USA Today for sharing the full details and interviews regarding the new coaster.
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