A while back, a post was made regarding Alton Towers new coaster.........code-named Rita. I have been checking up on this ride (including checking this site) for any sort of details or developements. Surely someone here must know something about this mysterious babe other than the fact that she has good curves.............( even though there may be a good reason why her face is not shown :-P)
62mph seems a bit too much for only a 68ft. tophat. So my guess at this point is that either there is NO tophat, or the tophat doesn't come until later in the ride. Either way it seems we may be looking at a very unique rocket coaster here.
I guess the real reason that I am so curious about this ride is that Alton Towers tends to take rides, minimize the proportions, and give a great layout. I know that oblivion and spinball whizzer were hardly compacted layouts for their types..............oblivion was a prototype and spinball is the largest of it's type that I have personally seen. Yet coasters such as air and nemesis tend to not be impressive stat-wise, but wind up to be outstanding.
I am curious about Rita because who says that the initial launch has to be its fastest speed? What if it hits a low tophat, then drops to lower ground? I wouldn't expect just a simple rocket of the Thorpe Park type, but something more along the lines of Storm Runner, just maybe a bit more terrain oriented. I also have the opportunity to study abroad in the UK next semester.........so hopefully I'll get my chance to ride it.
Its been confimred now by the park that its a Rocket Coaster. The plans are around on the net somewhere although I can't remember where. It will have a figure of eight layout basically with the launch going into the figure of eight it looked from the plans that there might be a barrel roll or in-line twist when the track crosses over at the centre of the eight. Thats about it not very exciting at all.
Apparently the ride was designed for a park in Japan but they pulled out and offered the ride design to other parks and Alton took them up on it, the ride will cost £8 million.
The construction and track photos are at the link below.
When you have a Maurer Sohne X Car coaster opening at Drayton half an hour down the road and a motorbike coaster opening up the road at Flamingo Land it doesn't make this coaster look that exciting thats all I was saying!