Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio has unveiled one of North America’s most anticipated new coasters. Supplied by Rocky Mountain Construction, the Iron Rattler combines a classic wooden support structure with modern steel track.
This combination allows for smooth and swift over-banked turns and inversions of the kind never before experienced on either a traditional steel or wooden coaster.
Seated in 24-passenger trains, passengers plummet down an 81-degree drop from a height of 180ft (55m) reaching a top speed of 70mph (113 kph), then snake through four wild over-banked turns and inversions. Iron Rattler is the first coaster to deliver a zero-G inverted barrel roll. The ride boasts the bragging rights of the tallest, steepest and fastest hybrid coaster in the world.
As well as camelback airtime and a freefall into a quarry tunnel, the coaster also features several special effects including fog, water cannon blasts, dramatic, synchronised tunnel lighting and even rattlesnake sounds and vibrations!