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Alton Towers Releases First Specs on Groundbreaking 2013 Coaster

Schematic of themed structure on SW7 coaster. From public documents filed with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

Alton, UK (October 17, 2012) — In March 2013, the Alton Towers Resort will launch its biggest ever ride. The first of its kind in the world, the rollercoaster will be the biggest ever investment for a ride at the Resort.

While many of the details are still a closely guarded secret, here are a few facts about the ride, code named Secret Weapon 7
Highest drop – 30m
Maximum speed – approx 85km/hr which is 10km/hr faster than Air
Track length – 1,170m. This is 3x the length of Oblivion
Ride time – 165 seconds which is 3x the ride time of Rita
Passengers per ride train – 16 (4x rows of 4)
Minimum rider height – 1.4m
Location – X Sector, on the site of the old Black Hole ride
Investment for the Resort – £18m
Opening date – 16th March 2013

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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