Boz wrote:The same debate came up over at TS a few days ago, here was the answer I gave:
by world beating i think it means beating the world record of most inversions. that seems most plausible. sorry if it's already been mentioned!
As far as I can see, the change to the wording probably means this is most likely - switching from "Worlds first rollercoaster with 11 (or 12, or whatever it is) inversions" to "World beating 11 inversion coaster"
It's unlikely that Alton will go for that record, as there's a 12 inversion coaster being built in the far east, due to open shortly after SW7. So for Alton to go for a legitimate record they would need 13, and as only 8 are visible on the plans (and unless alton have found a way to cram 5 into the station building) it's highly unlikely that it will be the inversion record.
It's worth noting that the current inversion record holder is Eejanaika which is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as having 14. I know there's some debate over this as some of them are roll over inversions like Air but if Alton are after the record they'd have to reach 15 to truly take the crown.
For this reason I find it exceedingly unlikely. We only know of 8 which are already very tightly packed together. Space wise there isn't any way to fit in 15. The only option is some type of trick track but it would have to tip the cart upside down ~7 times all within 32 seconds (the time I previously calculated for the Block Break system).
Personally I'd rather they didn't try breaking that record :-\
Edit: I forgot to mention, to my knowledge there is no Roller Coaster that has 9 inversions. So it could be the World's First ride to have 9 inversions only... but I can't imagine it will be (although I'm kind of hoping it does as a secondary unique selling point).