Rita

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Rita
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Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Park section Dark Forest
Status Operating since 1 April 2005
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Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Product Accelerator Coaster
Riders per train 20
Propulsion Hydraulic launch
Height 21 metres
Top speed 98.3 km/h
Length 640 metres
Inversions 0
Duration 0:25
G-Force 4.7
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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 1 April 2005. Two years after the opening of Rita, Heide Park in Germany (also owned by Merlin Entertainments) opened a nearly identical roller coaster called Desert Race.

History

The ride opened on 1 April 2005 as Rita: Queen of Speed.

In 2010, the ride would be rethemed as part of the new Dark Forest area.

Design

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.

Trains

5 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.

Incident

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.

Images

References

External links

  • Rita on the Roller Coaster DataBase.