Friday, August 31, 2012

Record Breaking Wooden Coaster Reborn as Steel-Wood Hybrid at Fiesta Texas

San Antonio, TX, USA (Aug. 30, 2012) /PRNewswire/ -- Six Flags Fiesta Texas announces plans to unveil its newest addition and structural landmark as the highly anticipated hybrid coaster Iron Rattler will make its debut next spring at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

The Iron Rattler will be a unique technological marvel combining a classic wooden support structure with modern track and rails crafted of steel, allowing for unprecedented smooth and swift over-banked turns and inversions never before experienced on either a traditional steel or wooden coaster. Utilizing state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track™©® the innovative Iron Rattler will provide four over-banked turns, the most of any hybrid coaster today, and will be the first to deliver an inverted barrel roll for a unique adventure in and around the surrounding 100-ft. quarry wall setting. The New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas was the first-ever hybrid coaster of its kind, and it was voted the "Best New Ride" in 2011.

With its unique construction, the Iron Rattler will have:

  • A drop of 171 feet with a drop angle of 81 degrees.
  • A top speed of 70 mph.
  • Four over-banked turns—more than any other hybrid coaster, and the first of its kind to feature a completely inverted barrel roll.
"Six Flags has innovation as part of our DNA and the Iron Rattler will take extreme innovation to a new level with a taller drop, faster speed and steeper banks. This cutting-edge coaster truly marries the best of both classic and modern coaster designs to deliver heart-pounding thrills," said park president Martin Bozer.
The track will be constructed by Rocky Mountain Construction Group, who helped design the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas. Tim Baldwin, Editor, Rollercoaster! Magazine stated, "The Rattler's transformation is expected to be nothing short of spectacular. This innovation is so new in the amusement industry; it has only been done once before. The results were tremendous, and Fiesta Texas' project should be equally amazing."

The original Rattler wooden coaster was Six Flags Fiesta Texas' only major coaster when the park opened in 1992 and offered its farewell run on August 5, 2012. Construction on the Iron Rattler is already underway and will take approximately eight months to complete.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest regional theme park company with over $1.0 billion in revenue and 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.