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Ultra Twister

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The Place
  Six Flags Astro World - Houston, Texas USA

The Stats

Track Type Year Manufacturer
Steel Pipeline, Shuttle 1990 TOGO
Ride Statistics
Height: 96.79 feet | 29,5 meters Max Drop: 92 feet | 28.04 meters
Top Speed: 44 mph | 70.81 km/h Track Length: 1421 feet | 433.12 meters
Rider Capacity: Max G-Force:
Inversions: 3 Ride Time: 1:40 minutes
Avg Speed: Angle of Descent: 85°
Number of Cars: 7 Length of Train:
Restraints: Horsecollar Number of Trains:
Cars per Train: Vehicles Designed by: TOGO

The Experience

* Arrangement: Riders are arranged 2 across, 6 seats per car for a total capacity of 42 riders.
* Notes: Early predecessor to the heartline coasters of today. First and only TOGO pipeline coaster in North America.
* Structure: Originally white column supports with blue track, red wheel casings. Repainted bright blue and lime green for the 2004 season. This is a wonderful space-saving design.
* Elements: Three heartline rolls.
* Features: Drops head first almost straight down. Circular steel structure rolls and twists each car 360° both forwards and backwards!
* History: Originally had a 90° lift hill when it was at SFGAdv, it was modified to 45° when relocated to SFAW. Closed in 2005. Since relocated to Six Flags America and placed in storage.

The Verdict
It's simple enough to board cars backwards and to even then reverse course and go up a nearly 100 ft lift hill. But then to stare the earth beneath you in the face at a nearly vertical drop, rocket up another hill to start rotating laterally 360° all the while enclosed in a circular steel cage? Sounds like fun ... especially when you bunny hop up to the braking area, you feel the back of the car start tilting and sliding backwards and this time two more heartline rolls are coming but you're doing them backwards. Yes, I'd say this is a classic example of a classic design ahead of its time that didn't get much consideration in its day.
I rate it 5 Star's

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