Alton Towers wants you to "ride Rita"

Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2004 12:18 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Alton Towers has launched a new promotional site that teases a new attraction that goes 0 to 100 kph in 2.8 seconds.

Visit RideRita.com.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 12:34 PM
Okay, am I the only one who sees a potential problem with Alton's new ride's tag line "Ride Rita"?

;)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 12:37 PM
No, but you're the only one who's making note of it, you little sicko you! ;)
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 12:56 PM
So this is definately one of the Vekoma motor bike type coaster thingamjiggies?
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 12:56 PM
0-62mph in 2.8 sounds kinda tame!
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 1:02 PM
Rita looks hot in the picture though...mmmm...only if...LOL
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 1:21 PM
Way to get the first complaint in Millionaire, lol.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 1:56 PM
RCDB says it's an Intamin Rocket Coaster. I'm not up on physics but would it need to go 62mph to go up a 69 ft top hat? Even it it does, a 69ft top hat is kind of lame, plus they already have a vertical drop coaster so it seems pretty redundant having something else that does a similar thing - unless of course Oblivion is going, thanks to the Ropers.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 1:56 PM
IMO, Alton has proved time and time again that their rides don't have to be tall to be good- just creative. Launch should be good, its relatively similar to that of Xcelerator, which packs a pretty good punch.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 2:08 PM
You know you're jaded when you think 0-62 in 2.8 seconds is "kinda tame."
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 2:13 PM
"Rita" kind of looks like Uma Therman from Kill Bill...
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 2:55 PM
CoasterFanMatt: "Launch should be good, its relatively similar to that of Xcelerator, which packs a pretty good punch."

Um, I don't know about that. You can't say 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds is comparable to 0-82mph in 2.3 seconds.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 3:02 PM
i doubt its an Intamin rocket...my vote is a Vekoma motorbike....
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 3:25 PM
Agreed, Kraxel. Although I can't think of a single launched coaster that's been built that I've though wasn't thrilling or powerful enough. Even the original Paramount Fof' launches kick my ass pretty well.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 3:27 PM
That was the first confirmation, a Veko Moterbike, and with this advertising, that seems like what it should be, but I hear alot of things pointing to Intamin.

I really don't have a clue, not suprising since I dont keep up with the European community that much.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 3:28 PM
Hmm, I wonder how my friend Rita would feel about this...
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 4:07 PM
Site seems to have a racing touch to it. Maybe racing moto Vekoma coasters.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 4:32 PM
At first glance I thought it said "Ride RTA," which of course will only show you how to get around Cleveland.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 5:06 PM
Ride Rita, eh? Just goes to show how much more open-minded people are in the U.K.!

I wonder why this ride isn't one of Alton's Secret Weapon rides? What makes a coaster a Secret Weapon anyway?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 5:11 PM
The ride is certainly an Intamin rocket coaster and the ride circuit goes around the existing corkscrew rollercoaster.

Also, rumour has it that there is a top hat or a similar element in the coaster. There is also rumoured to be a loop.

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