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X before its transition into X².
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location Valencia, California, USA
Status Operating since January 12, 2002 (as X)

May 24, 2008 (as X²)

Cost $46million
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Type Steel - 4th Dimension
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1,600
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height175 feet
Drop215 feet
Top speed76 mph
Length3610 feet
Steepest drop88.5°
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is an Arrow Dynamics 4th Dimension roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, USA.[1] The ride first opened to the public in 2002 as X. In 2007, the ride was closed for upgrades and renamed . The ride has a design in which the seats can rotate forward or backward 360° in a controlled spin. X² cost 46 million dollars, making it one of the most expensive roller coasters on the planet. It is the last roller coaster that Arrow Dynamics ever built and is believed to have made them bankrupt.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

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The rotation of the cars is achieved by having four rails on the track: two of these are running rails while the other two are for spin control. The two rails that control the spin of the seats move up and down relative to the track and spin the seats using a rack and pinion gear mechanism.

History[edit | edit source]

X operated exclusively for season passholders starting on December 24, 2001.[2] The ride opened on January 12, 2002 as X. It was the first 4th Dimension roller coaster in the world[3] With the opening of X, the park had fifteen roller coasters, the most in one park at the time.[4] It had pink track and yellow supports.

X was closed from June 4 to August 12, 2002 due to problems with the trains.[5]

On November 1, 2007, it was announced that X would be re-modeled to become . The ride was re-painted red and gray, similar to the colors of Eejanaika, another 4th Dimension roller coaster. An on-ride soundtrack and fire effects were added as a result. The ride opened on May 24, 2008.

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