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[ SUBSCRIBE NOW ] Six Flags Fiesta Texas puts a new spin on fourth-dimension coasters

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[ SUBSCRIBE NOW ] Six Flags Fiesta Texas puts a new spin on fourth-dimension coasters NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED Please DO NOT REPORT! Send a direct message for your claims! Description: [ SUBSCRIBE NOW ] Six Flags Fiesta Texas puts a new spin on fourth-dimension coasters The new Batman fourth-dimension roller coaster coming to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2015 will feature seats that spin forward and backward as the train navigates a zigzagging track with undulating straightaways and free-fall drops. Set to debut in summer 2015, the one-of-a-kind 4-D Free Spin coaster by Utah-based S&S Worldwide will feature a track manufactured by Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction. Built on a relatively compact footprint, the new Batman: The Ride coaster will reach a top speed of 40 mph over a 1,000-foot-long track that snakes back and forth like a demonic pachinko game. Six Flags is billing the new Fiesta Texas coaster as a “world’s first” ride, but it’s probably better described as S&S Worldwide’s first 4-D Free Spin coaster. Fourth-dimension coasters, with seats that rotate forward and backward, have been around since X2 debuted at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2002 (then known simply as X). Since then, 4-D coasters have been built in China, Japan, Sweden, Spain and Finland. The 4-D Free Spin coaster is best thought of as S&S’ response to Swiss-based Intamin’s ZacSpin 4D ball coaster, the most recent of which was built in 2011 at Magic Mountain as Green Lantern: First Flight. Both rides feature a vertical track layout on a compact footprint. The rotations on the Intamin ZacSpin are predetermined while the cars on the S&S ride spin freely (as the name implies). The ZacSpin rides have been criticized -- by men in particular -- for delivering a multiple G-force karate kick to a rather sensitive region of the body. The corporate switch to the similar S&S coaster appears to be a none-too-subtle acknowledgement by the Six Flags powers-that-be of those “comfort concerns” with the Intamin ride. Earlier this year, Theme Park Review’s Robb Alvey took a test ride on a prototype of the S&S 4-D Free Spin coaster at the ride manufacturer’s facilities north of Salt Lake City. Raised to the loading platform by forklift, Alvey rode the gut-churning prototype several times on a sub-freezing mid-winter day. Afterward, Alvey declared the “incredibly smooth” S&S ride as “very different” and “even better” than the Intamin ZacSpin. As a final note, the partnership between S&S Worldwide and Rocky Mountain Construction is notable for bringing together two coaster manufacturers that many ride enthusiasts would like to see collaborate again. Over the past few years, RMC has captured the attention of the coaster community with a string of mind-boggling looping wooden coasters while S&S has gained a reputation for pushing the envelope with cutting-edge ride concepts. What might a fourth-dimension looping wooden coaster look like? Only time will tell. [ SUBSCRIBE NOW ] Six Flags Fiesta Texas puts a new spin on fourth-dimension coasters