Six Flags Releases Details on New 'Record-Breaking' Roller Coaster

Six Flags Great America's new ride, Goliath, opens next year

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013  |  Updated 7:43 PM CDT
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The upcoming "Goliath" at Six Flags Great America will go 72 miles an hour and features a 165 foot lift and 180 foot plunge. LeeAnn Trotter reports

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Six Flags Great America released photos, video and the name of its newest ride, dubbed "the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world."

The new wooden coaster, called Goliath, will feature the world’s tallest and steepest drop, aiming to break three world records and making it, at least according to Six Flags, "the most extreme coaster of its kind on the planet."

Riders get taken up a 165-foot lift hill then dropped 180 feet on an 85-degree angle, making it the tallest, steepest drop on a wooden roller coaster.

Goliath reaches 72 miles-per-hour and includes three over-banked turns, a 180-degree zero G roll, an inverted drop and an inverted zero G stall.

Six Flags plans to open the roller coaster next year in place of Iron Wolf.

The park's current wooden coaster, American Eagle, features a 15-story drop and speeds of up to 66 mph. It's visible from I-94 and has been in operation for more than three decades.

Last spring, Six Flags Great America introduced X Flight, a "wing coaster" that includes 3,000 feet of track, a 12-story plunge and a zero-g roll. At one point it speeds straight toward a structure before making a last-minute vertical flip to fit through a keyhole cut-out.

X Flight was designed by the Swiss manufacturer that created Raging Bull, Superman and Batman rides at the park.

Take a look at Six Flags Great America's promotional video for the ride:

 

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