The World's First Racing Launch Coaster Has 2 Tracks So Close Together Riders Can Almost High-five Each Other

West Coast Racer Six Flags Magic Mountain Rides 2019
Photo: Courtesy of Six Flags Magic Mountain

If you’re a thrill seeker it may be time to book a ticket to Los Angeles, because Six Flags Magic Mountain has a new slate of rides and roller coasters coming soon.

The amusement park announced its new 2019 rides, including the upcoming West Coast Racers, the world’s first racing launch coaster. Unlike traditional coasters that use chains and pulleys to lift the coaster up a hill and gravity to pull it down, this new ride will use a propulsion system to push it forward.

Each “race” takes two complete laps, covers several airtime hills, some extreme banking turns, and comes with four total inversions, including three zero-G rolls and a zero-G stall. With two cars racing, the trains interact over 30 times, including a "high-five," where opposing trains come so close they can almost physically high-five. It also comes with an immersive real-time “pit stop” designed by West Coast Customs — the crew that tricks out cars for celebrities like Justin Bieber on TV — to give riders an authentic racing experience. At its fastest point, it will hit 55 mph.

If all of that technical coaster talk is over your head (pun intended) we've broken down some of the more technical elements of how these thrill rides work.

“We are thrilled to partner with Six Flags Magic Mountain to create this unprecedented new ride,” Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs, said in a statement. "Throughout my career, I have always thought outside of the box and I love being challenged to build things others can't. Talk about the ultimate outside of the box challenge — a West Coast Customs-style roller coaster!” ​

But, if this coaster isn’t doing it for you, fear not, as the park has many more roller coasters for you to enjoy. In fact, USA Today reported, Magic Mountain is the world record holder for the most number of coasters in one park. West Coast Racers will become the park’s twentieth coaster.

"Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed 'Thrill Capital of the World,'" said Neal Thurman, the park's president. "And with this newest coaster, strengthens our position as the ‘Coaster Capital of the World’ with a total of 20 roller coasters — more than any other theme park on the planet.”

No word yet on an exact start date, but booking your tickets for summer vacation 2019 would likely be a safe bet. If you can't wait that long, some pretty insane roller coasters opened this year. Scarier yet, Halloween celebrations are going strong at theme parks around the country.

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