The x2 roller coaster is formerly known as X. For your information, X2 roller coaster location is at Six Flag Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. It is world’s first fourth dimension roller coasters and is the final roller coasters conceived as well as installed by ride company, Arrow Dynamics. The rides are unique in that the seats of trains pitch up to 360 degrees forward as well as in reverses independent of its main chassis. Initially, the coasters are opened to the public on 12th January 2002.
However, there are various malfunctions delayed it from its debut in 2001 as is originally anticipated. On 2 December 2007, the rides are closed for the transformation to the X2 roller coaster. It is repainted completely, received the new third generation vehicle, and featured new special effect includes sound systems and pairs of a flame thrower. The rides are reopened on 24 May 2008 following its upgrades.
X2 roller coaster: the descriptions
This roller coaster is unique prototype designs in which the seat could rotate backward and forward up to 260 degrees in controlled spins. It is achieved by having 4 rails on the tracks. The two of them are running rails where the others are for spin controls. The two rails which control the spins of seats can move down and up relative to the main tracks and spins the seats using the pinion gear and rack mechanism. The rides of X2 roller coaster also have onboard audio soundtracks.
Additionally, some people argue that it is the scariest roller coaster. It is lift-hill climbs up to 53 m or 175 feet into the skies with its ride’s tallest points above the grounds at 58 m or 190 feet. During these lifts, the riders face backward. The first drop of the X2 roller coaster is about 65.5 m or 215 feet and it is sloped at 88.8 degrees. It causes the trains for reaching the maximum speeds about 76 mph or 122 km per hour. This is faster than X, as its previous version which is only about 70 mph. The 3,610 feet per 1100 m long layouts feature two inversions including skydives; raven turns, twisting front flips, and one back flip.
Although the rides have received mostly rave reviews from its enthusiasts and it is a huge hit among the general public, the X has the problems. Due to the design flaw, particularly with train, the opening of an X2 roller coaster is delayed from summer 2001 up to January 2002. In June 2002, the rides are closed for modifying its trains. In August 2002, the rides are reopened and have been running smoothly ever since except for the trains in summer 2005. Also, the rides are closed down sometimes in mid-August 2006 because of the blown gears box parts. It is reopened on 3 February 2007.
The redesigning on X2 roller coaster
On 1 November 2007, Six Flags Mountain announces the redesigns to popular thrill rides. This roller coaster is closed on 2 December 2007 for being redesigned including the new train with the pneumatic restraint system, new color schemes or red tracks and black support, and all-new, innovative state of art visuals, sensory and audio effects. This project spends up to $10 million investments. The X2 roller coaster is then reopened on 24 May 2008.