A signature ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas is about to get a Texas sized makeover for 2013. Iron Rattler will transform the outgoing Rattler from a wood coaster to a steel coaster. The ride will be one of the tallest steel coasters with a wooden support structure, known to most as a hybrid coaster, whereas they use one material for the track and another for the structure. Rocky Mountain Construction will be incorporating much of Rattler's existing wood structure as well as new sections with a totally different layout than the wood coaster used to be.
The ride will be 171 ft tall, diving into the ravine at 70 mph. The drop will reach 81 degrees. Other elements included are a barrel roll just after the first drop and 4 over banked turns, all firsts for hybrid coasters.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas President Martin Bozer commented in the press release as well.
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.
Also, according to Tim Baldwin of Rollercoaster! Magazine;
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 Six Flags Fiesta Texas' project should be equally amazing.
The park hopes to open Iron Rattler in spring of 2013.