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|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Launched|
|Riders per train||20|
|Top speed||98.3 km/h|
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.
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.
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.
5 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
The cable used to launch the train snapped during an early morning test run on July 24, 2012. Rita reopened shortly after with additional scaffolding to cover the path underneath the launch track.
Rita with Corkscrew in the background
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.