At Ace's Lone Star Coasterthon we learned a few tidbits about the future overhaul. They say that it will be only a few weeks before an official press release comes out with most all of the details but what is for sure is that this is not going to be your ordinary coaster track re-working (If the $10million wasn't indication enough
Here are some of the facts we were told either by the park operations president or an engineer who gave a presentation on coaster design. Obviously they were very vague about specifics and stats.
We were told that new engineering, which involved many new patents, is going to be used in constructing the new track. An engineer with Six Flags said they borrowed technology from B&M's steel coaster design, mainly the square base track design, and have adapted it for woodies. He said it had something to do with allowing them to be much more accurate in bending the wood and creating turns. The Giant will be the first to implement it.
We were told that the coaster will have several wood coaster firsts.
We were told it will be taller, steeper, faster and over 100% smoother.
They said that you will still be able to recognize it as the Texas Giant layout overall, they don't want to deviate too much from the once award winning design.
It will of course feature new trains, they would not confirm or deny if the trains were of a new technology or not.
They stated that it costs over $200k a year to currently maintain the Giant, and this update will cut that down into something much more feasible.
They said one of the main goals is to bring it up to date with the most state of the art modern woodies.
The 50th Anniversary of SFOT, and Six Flags, will be celebrated at every park.
There were a few more things I will post later when I find my notes.