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West Coast Racers

Thursday, August 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Baldwin
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Six Flags Magic Mountain is doing something amazing. Not only is the park opening a new coaster. It will be Magic Mountain’s 20th. West Coast Racers combines some characteristics of coasters from all over, as well as from the past, but does so in a completely original package that has never been done.

So, what makes West Coast Racers unique? The launch for starters. Six Flags Magic Mountain has two launched coasters already, but here riders will launch while racing. That’s new. The ride will have two tracks, and thrill seekers will go around twice; however, they get to ride both sides. How? Each track aligns with the other side when it returns to the station. After the first lap, trains pause for a pitstop experience. What that entails remains to be seen, but in reality, it lets the other pair of trains load and launch. It also provides a solution to one of Twisted Colossus’ pesky flaws. While Twisted Colossus is marvelous, it is exquisite when the trains race — as it was designed to do. However, far too often trains don’t. West Coast Racers have to, so … voila.

Step in and hold on. Each train, styled after race cars, seats 12. Idling side by side, riders are launched to a top speed of 55 mph. Midway through the first lap, a second launch is taken. Once the ride is completed, guests will have done both laps, experienced four launches and twisted through four inversions and 14 crossovers. It all looks slick.

The ride partners with West Coast Customs, an automobile repair shop that has gained considerable notoriety from working on some cars owned by celebrities and from appearances in reality television series such as “Pimp My Ride” and “Street Customs.” From its humble beginnings, the company has grown into a multimillion-dollar business. During the pitstop, riders hear narration from the company’s founder and get a look inside the West Coast Customs shop.

The coaster manufacturer is Premier Rides, which provided Full Throttle to the park.

With its placement at the back of the park adjacent to Apocalypse, and its curving nature, West Coast Racers is unlikely to add much to the park’s endless coaster skyline. However, the addition is sure to bring a refreshed look to that corner of the park that once housed Deja vú.

As if anyone needed to be told, make plans for Coaster Con 42 next June.

/ Photo: Courtesy Six Flags. View full-sized image.

Photo: Courtesy Six Flags. View full-sized image.