Specific Type: LSM Launched Coaster
In 2012, Six Flags Magic Mountain took the crown of having the most roller coasters from Cedar Point and put it on their heads. To rub it in even further, they decided to add another coaster in 2013. Full Throttle will Magic Mountain’s unprecedented 18th coaster. But because Magic Mountain loves to break records, Full Throttle will have the world’s tallest vertical loop. It also includes two launches, one at the start of the ride at 70 MPH, and a backwards launch mid-ride to get it through the rest of the layout.
Full Throttle will be built by Premier, who built a sort of prototype ride in 2012 up north from Magic Mountain. The technology that will be used in Full Throttle was first used in Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The ride was a sort of impulse coaster similar to Maurer-Sohne’s X-car coasters, although Superman is launched into its huge opening element. Although Full Throttle uses the same technology and ride vehicles as Full Throttle, it will be totally different design-wise.
Full Throttle will bring the total of launch coasters at Magic Mountain to two, joining Superman: Escape from Krypton. It just so happens that both coasters use LSM technology to propel the trains to their top speed. Superman opened in 1997 as being the pioneer of LSM technology. Construction started before Tower of Terror in Dreamworld, Australia, but due to mechanical difficulties in launching the coaster to its 100 MPH launch speed, Tower of Terror opened first in early 1997, with Superman opening a couple months later. However, Superman is still remembered as the first coaster to break the 100 MPH speed barrier, and also the pioneer of LSM technology. Full Throttle will also use LSM technology, but because of technological advancements over the years, the ride will be much more reliable than Superman was.
A ride on Full Throttle starts off with a 70 MPH launch into a 166 foot loop. Riders quickly turn to the right, and then the left, and then twist downwards into the old metro tunnel in a dive loop-esque element. The train quickly comes to a stop, but after a few seconds, the train is launched backwards halfway up the dive loop. After gravity takes over, riders are launched again to 70 MPH. A quick turn to the left follows, and riders fly high into a huge airtime hill, which rests on top of the huge opening loop. After a huge moment of airtime, the train hits the brake run leaving riders out of breath.
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