Titan (roller coaster)

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Titan
Titan logo SFOT.jpg
Six Flags Over Texas
Park section Texas
Coordinates 32°45′20″N 97°04′27″W / 32.75563°N 97.07423°W / 32.75563; -97.07423Coordinates: 32°45′20″N 97°04′27″W / 32.75563°N 97.07423°W / 32.75563; -97.07423
Status Operating
Opening date April 27, 2001
Cost $25,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Giovanola
Designer Ingenieur Büro Stengel GmgH
Model Hyper Twister Coaster
Track layout Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain Lift
Height 245 ft (75 m)
Drop 255 ft (78 m)
Length 5,312 ft (1,619 m)
Speed 85 mph (137 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 3:30
Max vertical angle 65°
Capacity 1,600 riders per hour
G-force 4.5
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Flash Pass Available
Titan at RCDB
Pictures of Titan at RCDB

Titan is a steel hyper coaster located at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas. Unlike most hypercoasters, Titan is a combination of an out and back roller coaster and a twister roller coaster. It stands at 245 feet and contains a 255 drop.[1]

History[edit]

Six Flags Over Texas had plans to add a hypercoaster to the park for several years. An early proposal from Arrow Dynamics showed a hypercoaster over the park's reservoir next to Judge Roy Scream. In August of 2000, Six Flags Over Texas announced plans to build a new steel roller coaster for the park's 40th anniversary. Although no statistics were revealed, information that was released confirmed Giovanola as the manufacturer, that the new coaster would be similar to Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain and that it would be built in the Texas section of the park.[2] As survey markers began to appear in September it became clear that the new coaster would extend from the Texas section to the employee cantina, pool and softball fields then out into the parking lot. By the time the official announcement was made on November 14, 2000, the employee areas had been demolished, excavation had already begun and teal-colored supports were stacked in the parking lot. Construction of the ride was completed in March 2001 and testing began in early April. A media preview was held on April 26, 2001 and the coaster opened to the public the following day.[2]

Ride experience and facts[edit]

The lift hill

Titan begins with a slow U-turn out of the station then a climbs up a 245-foot (75 m) hill. At the crest of the hill the train drops 255-foot (78 m) into a 120-foot (37 m) underground tunnel. Immediately after the tunnel, riders are taken through a large turnaround. Following the turnaround, riders encounter a large camel back that provides significant airtime. The train subsequently enters an uphill 540 degree helix which leads to the mid-course brake run. Next, trains maneuver an overbanked turn, followed by the 2nd, downhill, 540 degree helix. Afterwards, the trains navigate an over-banked turn to the left and then another to the right. After this, the trains hit the final brake run and reenter the station.[2]

During the summer months, as the train rolls into to the station, a cloud of mist can be seen under the train. Owing to problems with the wheels on the trains overheating, water is sprayed on the wheel assembly to help cool down the wheels after the train completes the course.[3]

Titan's supports used 2.8 million pounds of steel to manufacture.[4] When it was built, Titan was the longest roller coaster ever to be built at a Six Flags park.

Similar rides[edit]

Titan is almost identical to Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Goliath however, is about 10 feet shorter than Titan (it's drop however is still 255 feet) and, while Titan has two helices, Goliath only has one, as it lacks the 540 upward helix before the brake run (instead the ride simply banks left into the brake run).

Titan incidents[edit]

Titan has been known for occasionally causing blackouts or grayouts in the helices. Some riders have complained about headaches caused by sections of the course. Most of these incidents occur during the summer when riders are dehydrated due to the extreme Texas sun. Because of the complaints about the G-forces given during the second helix, the train is severely braked at the mid course block brake, almost to the point of stopping.[5] Park Policy prohibits re-rides due to the extreme G-forces. Riders must always exit the ride and station before boarding the coaster for subsequent rides. A shortcut leads from the exit back to the stairs at the entrance to the station, so those wanting to reride are not required to walk the entire queue. This can result in as little as five minutes or less between rides on a slow day.

Rankings[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 21[6] 23[7] 27[8] 25[9] 34 (tied)[10] 27[11] 26[12] 24[13] 37[14] 42[15] 25[16] 36[17] 42 (tied)[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Record Holders". Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Ross, Jeremy (2001). "There's a New Giant in Town". RollerCoaster! Magazine (Mission, Kansas: American Coaster Enthusiasts) 22 (4): 12–16. ISSN 0896-7261. 
  3. ^ Pictures of Titan, CoasterGallery.com
  4. ^ Official Page
  5. ^ http://www.guidetosfot.com/attractions/coasters/titan/
  6. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. August 2001. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. September 2002. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2003. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 18–19B. September 2004. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2006. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 11 (6.2): 36–37. September 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 12 (6.2): 36–37. September 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 13 (6.2): 32–33. September 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 14 (6.2): 34–35. September 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 15 (6.2): 38–39. September 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 16 (6.2): 36–37. September 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ "2013 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 17 (6.2): 34–35. September 2013. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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