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Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 5:48 pm

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I was watching a video on youtube the other day and found out that Mr Freeze (Six Flags Over Texas) and Superman: Excape from krypton (Six Flags Magic Mountain) were being launched backwards for the thrill seekers to try it out.

I was thinking it would be cool if Rita could do the same, it wouldnt be too much force, i thought, as Superman: Excape from krypton´s max speed is around 100mph.

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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 5:52 pm

It would be much more forceful.

I imagine the acceleration rate on both of those coasters is a lot lower than Rita.

I've been on Superman forwards, it was pretty much just like accelerating in a car!

So I doubt it. :)

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Mr Freeze is 0 - 70mph in 3.8 seconds.
Superman is 0 - 100mph in 7 seconds.
Rita is 0 - 61.1mph in 2.5!  :shock:
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 5:53 pm

This is an awful idea, Ritas a bad enough ride as it is, No need to make it worse with a pointless gimmick.
 
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 5:54 pm

Differen't systems I believe.


Rita Uses a catchcar system which is attatched at the front, it would cost them alot to retrofit the car's with another catch on the ride cars. And you know Merlin, they aren't doing anything like that anytime soon!


Where as they both use LSM... Which will be on SW7 I tell you, It will!
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 5:55 pm

Wouldn't it be extremely painful, a headbanger and causing whiplash?

It COULD physically happen but I doubt no park would do that for the safety of their guests, especially Alton.

I'm sure it's programmed in a certain way though.
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Tue May 15, 2012 5:56 pm

I don't think LordOfDarkness is correct, I don't think it would be that technically difficult or costly to reverse the trains and catch car if they wanted to.

But the forces of launching a train backwards that quickly might put a stop to your plans! :P
 
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:05 pm

The difference is layout. That would be the main obstical to overcome. Rita is designed to have quick and snappy changes in direction. Going forwards gives riders the chance to see what is up ahead and brace themselves. Even then quite a few people still compain of discomfort as the transitions occure with little warning.

When going backwards you would find it impossible to see what is coming. The result? An unbraced bashing around. Not pleasant :P

Also, as Sam has rightly pointed out Rita accelerates at a much higher pace. LSM rides generally pick up speed gradually at first before reaching a point where the vehicle can accelerate further. Much like in a car how you would generally speed up gently at first until the car has enough momentum to accelerate faster in a shorter period of time.

Rita on the other hand releases a sudden burst of built up energy, literally grabbing the car and pulling it forwards very quickly in very little time. It's one of the main advantages of a catch car based system I believe.

When Rita launches your whole body is pressed back against the seat, and your head against the headrest unless you try to keep it forward (Which is also difficult given the rapid acceleration :P ) The seat and headrest are there to support your back and neck. Without them your body would continue to travel back, forcing your back to stretch the wrong way, and possibly causing serious injury.

If the train was to be reversed all you would have in front of you is the two OTSR ribbons, which are far from comfortable. You would be pressed fully into them, causing them to dig into your shoulders, and your head and neck would have no support whatsoever. You'd get severe whiplash to say the least :P
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:06 pm

The catch car is under row 6
 
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Tue May 15, 2012 6:08 pm

What's the point of a fast paced launched ride themed around racing if you're not slammed into the air face first with the wind in your hair? It would absolutely neuter the experience.
 
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:10 pm

It would also look stupid as well. And you'd lose the suspense of watching the lights flick from red to green too.
 
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:11 pm

I would imagine it being rather interesting to do it backwards but only the once not as a permanent attraction for the park
 
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:13 pm

Blaze wrote:
What's the point of a fast paced launched ride themed around racing if you're not slammed into the air face first with the wind in your hair? It would absolutely neuter the experience.


Alright, i know! It was just an idea! Just to see what people thought about it! Bote described it great!I see that the difference in acceleration, I had no idea Rita accelerated that fast! I guess it WOULd cause some serious injury! ah, well!
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:17 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=wh3pXvEJVyk#t=42s

That should give you an idea of how rapidly Rita accelerates :P
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:25 pm

What would be amazing would be Oblivion backwards!  Imagine hitting the drop, looking up at the sky then hurtling down backwards! 
 
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Tue May 15, 2012 6:34 pm

Bote wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=wh3pXvEJVyk#t=42s

That should give you an idea of how rapidly Rita accelerates :P


Look at the uploader's reply...

... the troll got destroyed
 
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:35 pm

it would be wierd to say the least, i doubt that would happen though as the anti roll backs would have to be turned around or new ride cars. dont see that happening either.
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:39 pm

Not really, the anti-roll backs are just the magnets. As long as the polarity was the same everything would be fine. All they'd have to do was turn the magnets on either the track or the bottom of the cars around.
 
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:42 pm

garyh wrote:
What would be amazing would be Oblivion backwards!  Imagine hitting the drop, looking up at the sky then hurtling down backwards!


That would be AWESOME!
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:52 pm

Imagine nemesis or air backwards!!! :D
 
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Re: Could Rita be Launched... BACKWARDS???

Tue May 15, 2012 6:54 pm

No.

This will never happen but Mack should Retro-fit Rita's restraints and trains.

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