The Full Throttle launch coaster debuting at
> Photos: Full Throttle coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain
The one-of-a-kind terrain-hugging roller coaster will have three launches -- two forward and one backward out of a special effects tunnel.
As planned by designers, Full Throttle riders will be launched from the station, going from zero to 70 mph through the world's tallest loop and into a series of high-banked turns.
Following a dive loop drop, the coaster train screeches to a halt inside a special effects tunnel only to be rocketed backward to the top of the dive loop.
After a brief pause, the train descends the dive loop, launches forward through the former monorail tunnel and races over a top-hat element tracing the outside of the record-setting loop.
Full Throttle's record-setting 160-foot-tall vertical loop tops the
Magic Mountain's own Viper, with a 144-foot-tall loop, is a close second, according to Roller Coaster Database.
Cedar Point's $26-million
Full Throttle will bring Magic Mountain's coaster count to 18, two more than Ohio's Cedar Point and the most of any park in the world.