California's Great America will set out to claim the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California in 2013 as they now announce Gold Striker. The park's 8th coaster will also be the park's second wooden coaster next to Grizzly. The ride will be built by Great Coaster's International.
The ride will be 108.2 ft high with a 103.3 ft drop, the highest in Northern California with the previous record belonging to Roar of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The coaster will reach a top speed of 53.7 mph, the fastest in the region. The ride sprawls out over 3,197 ft of track with a first drop, which is considered a double-down, that curls around the 200 ft Star Tower, then passes the station at break neck speeds, and the rest of the course is filled with lots of sudden drops, high speed elevated banked turns, and tons of cross-throughs. The ride will have banking as high as 80 degrees and a duration of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
The trains are the standard issue stock from Great Coasters International, which are their famous Millennium Flyer trains decked in orange. The trains consist of each row of 2 seats that are their own individual car, known as an articulating train. There will be 12 cars, thus the ride will hold 24 riders. The ride will use 2 of these trains in hopes of getting 850 riders an hour as its capacity rating.