Six Flags Magic Mountain is set to unveil the world’s first “racing” launch coaster in 2019.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, then you’re in for a treat. Six Flags Magic Mountain is getting a whole bunch of new rides for 2019, with the centerpiece being the all-new West Coast Racers, the world’s first “racing’ launch coaster.
We say “racing” in quotations here since you’re not really racing anyone. The race is between two intertwined roller coasters that complete two “laps” of the track before coming back to unload their human cargo.
The new roller coaster was designed in collaboration with West Coast Customs, the custom car shop that makes tricked out rides for LA celebrities and then televises their creative process. You’ll note the very sporty “cars” that ride-goers will sit in and the boisterous engine noise pumped in via loudspeaker at various points along the ride.
Unlike traditional coasters that use pulleys, chains, and gravity to achieve high-speed thrills, West Coast Racers will instead launch their cars via powerful electromagnets. Halfway through the ride is a “pit stop” where passengers will be given a brief overview of West Coast Customs and what goes on inside their shop. Then once the electromagnets are fully charged, the cars get launched yet again to complete the second “lap” of their “race”.
There are 4 total inversions, 3 zero-G rolls, a single zero-G stall, with the tracks crisscrossing 30 times throughout the race. At one point the cars close enough to “high-five”, which is an amusement park euphemism for coming extremely close. Don't actually try to high-five the other car; you might lose your arm.
Top speed is only 55 mph, but this coaster is going for extreme Gs more than out-and-out speed.
West Coast Racers will be the 20th roller coaster for Magic Mountain. It will be found in the newly renovated section of the park that will be given an urban, LA-centric theme. A statement from the park describes it as "high-energy street vibe," which likely means there buskers and taco stands.
Renovations are expected to be completed in 2019.