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roller coaster
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Park section Dark Forest
Status Operating since April 1, 2005
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Product Accelerator Coaster
Riders per train 20
Propulsion Hydraulic launch
Height21 metres
Top speed98.3 km/h
Length640 metres
G-force4.7 g

Rita (originally known as Rita: Queen of Speed) is a steel launched roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Alton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. It was manufactured by Intamin and opened on April 1, 2005. Two years after the opening of Rita, Heide Park (also owned by Merlin Entertainments) opened a nearly identical roller coaster called Desert Race.

Design[edit | edit source]

Following the launch track is a series of curves shaped like a figure-eight when viewed overhead, which contains three airtime hills. Rita has separate areas for loading and unloading.

Incident[edit | edit source]

The cable used to launch the train snapped during an early morning test run on July 24, 2012.[1] Rita reopened shortly after with additional scaffolding to cover the path underneath the launch track.

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