- Type of coaster: Steel launched
- Height: 160 feet
- Top speed: 70 mph
- Train configuration: 3 cars, each with 6 riders sitting two abreast, for a total of 18 passengers.
- Ride manufacturer: Premier Rides
See the Ride
Here We Go Loopty LoopA most unconventional coaster, Full Throttle will forego a traditional lift hill in favor of an LSM magnetic launch system. It will ditch the typical first drop as well and instead catapult riders immediately into a humongous loop. How humongous? At 160 feet, it will be the world's tallest loop on a coaster.
In fact, the ride's ginormous loop is its focal point and main feature. After tackling the inversion at a breathtaking 70 mph, the trains will navigate two highly banked curves and soar through a dive loop that will take it into a fog-filled tunnel where it will come to a stop. (The stall-out-in-a-tunnel trick sounds similar to Cedar Point's wonderful coaster, Maverick.)
With barely enough time to catch their breath, passengers will be launched a second time -- backwards -- into the dive loop they just survived. A third launch will then reverse the direction of the trains and throttle them forward, again at a breakneck speed, through the tunnel. Here is where the ride gets interesting. (Not that three launches and a record-breaking loop isn't sufficiently interesting.)
Riders will soar, right-side-up, on the outside of the 160-foot loop into what Six Flags is describing as the first-ever top-hat element. I don't think that's quite right. Launched rocket coasters such as Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure offer top hat hills -- so named because their 90-degree ascent, brief crest, and 90-degree descent resemble the hats that folks like Honest Abe and Fred Astaire favored. But Full Throttle will mark the first time that a top hat element will be fashioned by using the outside of a loop. It's hard to tell from the preview info, but it appears that the hill has the potential to impart a nice pop of airtime.
The top hat also has the potential to give Magic Mountain visitors the highly unique sight of two trains simultaneously navigating the 160-foot loop, one on the inside and another on the outside. That's crazy! Throttling up and over the loop with a trainload of screaming, upside-down passengers hurtling directly beneath on the same loop (and vice-versa) should be a thrilling, wacky experience. Here's hoping that Six Flags and Premier Rides will design the ride to include midair full-throttle train meet-ups.