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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
Height 21 metres
Top speed 98.3 km/h
Length 640 metres
Inversions 0
Duration 0:25
G-Force 4.7

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 in Germany (also owned by Merlin Entertainments) opened a nearly identical roller coaster called Desert Race.


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.[1] Rita reopened shortly after with additional scaffolding to cover the path underneath the launch track.



External links

  • Rita on the Roller Coaster DataBase.