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Full Throttle Track Complete At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 04/12/2013

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Logo

It was just yesterday that we were at Six Flags Magic Mountain for the topping off ceremony of the Full Throttle roller coaster. That was when they installed the highest piece of the Full Throttle track, which was the top of the 160′ vertical loop. However, that wasn’t the last piece of the Full Throttle track to be installed. They still had some launch track and the turnaround between the transfer track and station. As of this morning, those were all installed too.

As you pass through security now at Six Flags Magic Mountain, there is no missing Full Throttle. The massive loop is extremely prominent and right in front of you:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

There’s a great view of the loop and Sky Tower as you walk through High Sierra Territory:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

And of course this is what you see from the Superman plaza:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

We’ve all seen this shot a million times already, but the loop is complete now:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

From the Sky Tower, we now see a 100% complete Full Throttle track for the very first time:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

The loop was topped off yesterday and the rest of the track was completed by this morning:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

It may look like a piece is still missing, but that’s actually the transfer track, stopped halfway between the regular track and the storage track. With only two trains, there’s just enough storage track to hold a single train:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

Fresh concrete was just poured and these guys were doing a splendid job on finishing it. The presumption is that this is where the LSM components will be mounted:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

Here’s a picture of what they were working on as seen from ground level:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

It doesn’t look like anything has been done with the station since the last report. However, I did just realize that there is no doorway on this side, which is where the line is supposed to enter from. So now I’m thinking it will be an external ramp directly up to the second level of the station, much like one of the entries to X2:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

You can see what I think are going to be the supports for the ramp leading up to the station. The path also cuts under the track from the Full Throttle plaza, like we were told it would:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

I can’t wait to launch directly out of the station and up into that giant loop:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

Those devices I was asking about yesterday were installed into the track leading into the station. They aren’t the drive wheels and they aren’t part of the launch system. You can also see a couple of them in the previous photo:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

The launch track looks complete and ready to be wired up to some juice. You can see one of the drive wheels and its motor hanging next to it, plus one of the mystery devices:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

The transfer track has a shiny new drive chain attached to it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

Moving to the back side of the hill, the construction walls have been removed and the fence has been rebuilt, keeping the existing Asian style used for the Samurai Summit theme:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

The fence was moved around this new support column, providing a nice view for people walking by to see the Full Throttle train fly in and out of the tunnel:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

Still a little work to do on the other fence, but they’re almost done:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

I believe those holes I saw being dug on the front of the hill yesterday are going to be for new trees. You can see them sitting in the lower-left corner, ready to be planted:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

As I was leaving, the construction wall was open so I stopped to chat with the security guy and snap a couple more pictures of the completed loop:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

I think these are part of the launch system. Since the initial launch track already has these installed, I’m guessing these are for the tunnel track. As I was taking pictures on the back hill, I could hear work being done on the track inside the tunnel, but I couldn’t quite see inside. They’re probably prepping these here and then moving them up to the tunnel to install:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

Even as a passenger, it’s hard to get a good picture of the park as you’re flying down the freeway. Add some haze and it’s even worse. I’ll get a better shot eventually, but you can see the Full Throttle loop under the big crane. It’s big, but Tatsu still dominates the skyline:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Track

Let me hear from you. What part of this ride are you most looking forward to?


  1. jordan

    04/12/2013 at 11:07 pm

    Now that the track is pretty much “complete” expect for the launch portions… will they only do testing once the station is built? or could it happen sooner?

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/13/2013 at 8:01 am

      I don’t know what their schedule looks like.

  2. Dan Sheffer

    04/12/2013 at 11:07 pm

    From Start To Finish!, But I’m Looking Forward To The Loop And The Gorgouse TopHat

  3. Michaelochs

    04/12/2013 at 11:09 pm

    This looks so amazing can’t wait to go, thank you for all of the updates us fans really appreciate it thank you.

  4. Thrill Capital Insider

    04/12/2013 at 11:11 pm

    The fresh pour concrete will be the supports for the exit ramp. So you’ll exit out the left side of the station.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/13/2013 at 8:03 am

      That’s where they told us the entrance was – under the loop, hang a right and head straight into the station. Perhaps the entrance and exit will share the same ramp.

  5. Eric

    04/12/2013 at 11:17 pm

    Full Throttle is looking better with each update, and I can’t wait to ride it. Now that we know pretty much everything about the ride, now I’m wondering how the entire area is going to turn out. This is going to be very different from what’s been there for nearly 42 years.

  6. Robert

    04/12/2013 at 11:24 pm

    Another Great update Thanks Kurt

    Full Throttle is looking like it’s going to pack quite the punch, I’m most looking forward to that launch and that Tophat!!! :O)

    Love the last pic the far away shot that is one huge freakin loop!!!

  7. Martin

    04/12/2013 at 11:27 pm

    I think the launch will be a killer due to the short track & required speed. If we know the length of the actual launch track some “physics guru” might be able to calculate the launch specs. Beside that, the dive loop into the tunnel will be extremely cool 🙂

    • Evan

      04/13/2013 at 9:01 pm

      Figuring out the minimum acceleration is actually pretty easy, given the launch length. Judging by the looks of it and the small trains, it’s gonna be pretty high.

  8. Jason

    04/12/2013 at 11:48 pm

    Those mystery parts are likely air or hydraulic actuators for a mechanical brake to hold the train at the loading station, and staged at the turn around if a train is waiting to launch. That’s my thought anyway. All the other launched coasters, like SUF at Discovry Kingdom have something similar.

  9. James

    04/13/2013 at 4:45 am

    I’m pretty sure those mystery parts are pressure tanks that open and close the pneumatic braking system. This contact to contact style of braking actually brings the train to a complete stop/hold. Since it looks like they’re located before the launch, I’d bet they control a kind of “staging” brake, to wait for the clear to launch.

    You’ll notice braking by magnet slows down the train, but never actually “holds” the train to keep it still. So to keep it still they use contact pneumatic brakes that lock the train in place, to assure it won’t move.

    Typically these would be defaulted to “engage” meaning the brakes are always on, and would have to be disengaged by the computer system to let the train through. It’s set that way so in case power goes out, the brakes will still stop the train from moving.

    BTW Great update! Very nice of you to go so often so we got to see the topping off, and the rest of the track be done. From all your views I can really get a feel for the ride and all of its glory. Looks like a very fun ride that might have been underrated when it was first released. There will be a lot of interesting forces on this ride.

  10. Andrew

    04/13/2013 at 7:47 am

    Looks great! I’ll see it today with my eyes!

    The plaza art has been released as well.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/13/2013 at 8:05 am

      Where did that plaza concept art come from? Did the park release it or did it just magically appear somewhere?

      • Andrew

        04/13/2013 at 8:35 am

        I think the park released it. The link looks legit. Here is is:

        It is in the photo gallery.

        • Andrew T.

          04/13/2013 at 5:00 pm

          The plaza Are they going to demolish the building in front of Full Throttle to build the plaza canopy and art on the ground. And what is the color of the station canopy for Full Throttle, is it going to be the multicolored white like in the plaza or red like on the park map. Finally, as a guess I think on the electronic bill board there may be videos of people doing “YOLO” things to do and will fade into the Full Throttle Logo. Overall, Thanks for the weekly updates, really appreciate them.

          On an unrelated note (Plaza Art):
          -There is a some kind of twist in the track when the car comes out of the tunnel and into the Top Hat
          – There may be a man in a tube top

          • The Coaster Guy

            04/13/2013 at 9:43 pm

            There’s no way for us to know what the station is going to look like until they finish building it. I wouldn’t read too much into the concept art. Very rarely does anything ever turn out exactly as the art shows.

  11. Michael m

    04/13/2013 at 7:47 am

    I noticed that in some of the pictures the big crane was still there but in others it was completely gone. Considering that it had to be there in the morning to finish off the track. I was wondering if it was a fast disassembly.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/13/2013 at 8:08 am

      It’s still there, they just moved it way over to the corner of the lot. I’m sure it’ll be a challenge to disassemble it with the coaster in the way considering that it took most of the empty lot to put that giant boom together.

  12. Randy D

    04/13/2013 at 1:17 pm

    Seems like the person linking to the concept art of the Full Throttle area should give credit to where he “found” it.

    Great pictures, Kurt…and for the record, I’m glad that you went back to the ad-based site. Getting funded by readers seems a bit insane for this type of blog … let adsense do the work for you, Sir!

  13. chilton schilling

    04/13/2013 at 1:21 pm

    I have a feeling the testing will start late april early may. while working on the theming area, why not test the ride while you’re at it? but it does seem like they still have a quite a bit to work on the coaster. Should be a june opening

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/13/2013 at 9:47 pm

      It’s not as easy as it sounds. Since much of the area to be themed is right up next to the coaster, you can’t be working on that and testing the roller coaster at the same time. Safety must always come first.

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  15. Rebecca

    04/13/2013 at 4:43 pm

    I would like to know what do the trains look like and will they have shoulder bars or just a lap bar and how can u just have a lap bar and the ride goes up side down it doesn’t look to safe

    • Andrew T.

      04/13/2013 at 5:07 pm

      I’ m pretty sure they would have lap bars for this type of roller coaster model. It’s the same kind of roller coaster type as Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, but things may change on the restraint system with the amount of inversions it has.

    • Justin

      04/13/2013 at 5:25 pm

      I think Full Throttle will have lap bars. Lots of coasters go upside down have lap bars. When Revolution first opened it had lap bars. Montezuma’s Revenge @ Knotts Berry Farm also has lap bars, and Superman Ultimate Flight @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has lap bars. Superdooperlooper @ HershyPark has lap bars as well.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/13/2013 at 9:49 pm

      It will be lap bars only, just like it shows in the pictures on the construction walls. Roller coaster technology has come a long ways and these kind of lap bars are perfectly safe for this type of ride. You will not fall out.

      • Arkhamar

        04/14/2013 at 12:31 am

        Very cool and which is why this is the part I look most forward to: The initial launch into that gianormous loop at 70mph on a train with just lap bars holding me in!! With my arms up in the air and screaming like a maniac…..THIS!!

  16. Andrew T.

    04/13/2013 at 5:08 pm

    When will the Full Throttle roller coaster trains arrive.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/13/2013 at 9:49 pm

      For all we know, they may already be on-site and in the warehouse.

      • Looper

        04/13/2013 at 10:51 pm

        I was at park today and from Sky Tower looks like a couple of big crates or storage boxes like you see trains hauling are now in the the area towards where the employees park so perhaps they have arrived…. or not?

  17. Justin

    04/13/2013 at 5:35 pm

    Can you try to get a picture with Revolution’s loop in the foreground and Full Throttle’s loop in the background.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/13/2013 at 9:50 pm

      It’s not possible as part of the hill is in the way.

      • Justin

        04/13/2013 at 10:02 pm

        Well I am super excited to see the coaster when I go to the park in May. Sadly I won’t get to see it test

  18. Jack Curulicio

    04/13/2013 at 9:34 pm

    Can’t wait for the huge loop, top hat, and backwards launch!

  19. Andrew

    04/13/2013 at 10:36 pm

    The X2 bus was done and operational today!

    • Looper

      04/13/2013 at 10:53 pm

      I took a ride in on the X2 bus at around 9:40 it has very nice wrap on it … also saw lots of people there early for ERT on Lex

      • The Coaster Guy

        04/14/2013 at 7:12 am

        The Superman/Lex Luthor bus is almost done too and should be out shortly. Keep an eye out for it!

  20. Wade

    04/13/2013 at 11:15 pm

    That’s going to be a ripper of a launch, to get it thru that loop and up and over the plaza in such a short distance….

  21. Jack Curulicio

    04/14/2013 at 10:24 am

    What bus?

  22. Ralph B.

    04/14/2013 at 11:20 am

    The new busses/trams they are using now instead of the old trams to take you from the parking lot to the front of the park. They are putting the graphics on the last two they have left. One will have the Superman graphics and the other one the Lex Luthor one.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/14/2013 at 5:09 pm

      Actually, there is only one bus left and it wil be a combination of Superman and Lex Luthor. The other five buses are wrapped with Full Throttle, Tatsu, Viper, Goliath, and X2.

  23. Robert

    04/14/2013 at 11:49 am

    I just bought a Gold Pass. What time does the park open for Gold Pass holders?

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/14/2013 at 5:10 pm

      Gold Pass holders get in exactly 10 minutes before the main gate opens.

  24. Ralph B.

    04/14/2013 at 1:04 pm

    The park usually opens around 10 or 15 mns for the Gold Pass holders before the park opens to the public.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/14/2013 at 5:12 pm

      Whoops…didn’t see this before I responded to Robert because you didn’t reply directly to his question. When responding to someone directly, be sure to use the ‘Reply’ link under their post so that the thread stays intact.

  25. JJJ

    04/14/2013 at 1:39 pm

    Im excited about this, but I hate how short it looks….so much wasted space where the logs were. I feel like they could have kept the logs and built this on top.

    Also, the brake after the top hat is just so dumb…such a missed opportunity.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/14/2013 at 5:14 pm

      I can understand them getting rid of Log Jammer because of maintenance costs, but it does seem like there could have been a lot more to Full Throttle. Ahhhh, if money only grew on trees, right? 🙂

      • JJJ

        04/14/2013 at 7:49 pm

        A second loop would have been nice….anything to finish off the ride after the top hat, even a second small hill….

        And I know logs need maintenance…..perfect opportunity to build new, better logs.

  26. Steve

    04/14/2013 at 2:06 pm

    The mystery piece is a holding brake to hold the train still, there is on used in the station on superman ultimate flight in vallejo to hold it in place.

  27. Wade

    04/14/2013 at 2:07 pm

    If the odd devices you spoke of are those two side by side donut-y looking things that face go the direction of the track, then they are a form of airbrake. Judging from the linkage, I would guess that this is a parking brake and last ditch effort to stop the train.

    When air is applied to the “cans”, it raises the volume inside the chamber, pushing a diaphragm down the can and extends the rod attached to it. This rod then applies the force (in this case) it looks like into a 90 degree linkage, pushing the two brake pads (visible) up into the bottom of the train.

    The neat thing about that system (used on semi’s for many many many years) is that if air present on the service side (actuator), the brake activates… and if the emergency side doesn’t have any enough air pressure (breakdown or trouble) the brakes actuate in a different way. Neat idea.

    Unless that is not what you were talking about, then never mind.

    🙂 Wade

    • Steve

      04/14/2013 at 2:25 pm

      What he said^ lol

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/14/2013 at 5:18 pm

      That makes perfect sense. So then why do they needed brakes between the final brake run and the station with only two trains? With a block in the tunnel, couldn’t a train hold on the final brake run until the other train launches, and then move directly into the station?

  28. Diego

    04/14/2013 at 3:10 pm

    Does any one know the expected opening date and the height restriction for it

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/14/2013 at 5:19 pm

      Not yet.

  29. Dane. P

    04/14/2013 at 3:25 pm

    What kind of launch system will it use? Is it going to be magnetic or will it be more like top thrill dragsters hydraulic system?

    • Steve

      04/14/2013 at 4:04 pm

      Lsm Magnets

    • Justin

      04/14/2013 at 5:00 pm

      LSMs or Linear Synchronous Motors

      • Andrew T.

        04/14/2013 at 6:26 pm

        Do LSM brakes take less maintence

        • Steve

          04/14/2013 at 7:28 pm

          The brakes do not use power on this ride, they are just huge magnets made of steel and copper. They are failsafe, so in this case they don’t require much maintenance. But for the LSMs, they require a good amount of maintenance because they get really hot due to friction, and the electricity being shot through them, hence why they have tubes feeding air to them to cool them off.

          Hope this was helpful 🙂

          • Nathan

            04/22/2013 at 6:31 pm

            LSMs use less maintenance due to the lack of moving parts unlike a hydraulic launch system which has many moving parts.
            @Steve: How is there friction? LSMs operate with a gap between the magnets on the train and the electromagnets, there is no friction.

  30. blake

    04/14/2013 at 7:08 pm

    premier rides did a good job 😀

  31. Matthew

    04/15/2013 at 7:29 am

    Im guessing it will be open by late may to mid June

  32. Sean

    04/15/2013 at 11:23 am

    Can’t wait for this ride to open. Guess i will have to make a summer trip this year too!!

  33. Bob

    04/18/2013 at 8:02 am

    Hi Kurt. I was wondering since I bought a Gold Pass and I received free friend day coupons, would they be allowed to get in the park early also?

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/18/2013 at 8:20 am

      I don’t believe so. I’ve seen people turned away from that entrance, even when with a friend with a Gold Pass. They were told that every single person needed a Gold Pass. However, I haven’t specifically been through that line during a free friend day, so I’m not positive. Anyone else know?

  34. Jamie

    04/22/2013 at 11:30 pm

    Jamie I hope full throttle will be done as soon as possible Do you think it will be possible ready by memorial day weekend.

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