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Six Flags New England confirms new coaster name as Gauntlet

Road Runner Express rollercoaster image

Six Flags has revealed that the name of the wild mouse rollercoaster being installed at Six Flags New England in 2011 will be Gauntlet, with the ride featuring a "Gotham City" theme.

The coaster is being relocated from the closed Kentucky Kingdom park, where it was known as Road Runner Express. It will open in April 2011 in the DC Superhero Adventures area of the park, and will be themed around the fictional city that forms the setting for the Batman comic strips and movies. Screamscape reports that Six Flags' Q3 financial report reveals both the Gauntlet name and that the ride's cars will be themed to police cars, taxi cabs and "Bat Villains".

Gauntlet is a classic steel wild mouse coaster manufactured by German firm Maurer Söhne. It sees riders boarding four-person cars before being carried up a 49-feet-tall lift hill, and reaches a top speed of 28 miles per hour as it careens through a series of sharp turns. Riders must be a minimum of 48 inches tall to ride the attraction.

Road Runner Express rollercoaster image

Road Runner Express at its former home in Kentucky Kingdom
Source: Chris Hagerman, Wikimedia Commons (License)

The ride is the only one of Kentucky Kingdom's attractions that was retained by Six Flags as part of a deal which saw ownership of the rest transfer to the Kentucky State Fair Board.

Gauntlet will become the tenth rollercoaster at Six Flag New England, and the first to be added to the park since spinning coaster Pandemonium in 2005.

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