Six Flags Over Texas has released a video showing a full test run of the updated Texas Giant rollercoaster, which is due to re-open in time for the park's 2011 season.
The Texas Giant has undergone an extensive $10 million refurbishment ahead of the park's 50th anniversary season, and the test run shows that work is nearing completion. The full video can be viewed on Six Flags Over Texas' official Facebook page.
The Texas Giant is undergoing a major overhaul ahead of its return, and will receive a completely new steel track as part of the renovation. Although the wooden support structure of the ride will remain in place (and has been extended as part of the renovation), the all-steel track design calls into question the ride's status as a wooden coaster - potentially placing it into the "hybrid wood-steel" bracket.
Six Flags says that the updated ride will feature the steepest drop of any wooden rollercoaster in the world at 79 degrees (though coaster enthusiasts may dispute this given the unique track design). It will also see height increased by 10 feet to 153 feet, a new top speed of 65mph and a 95-degree banking section.
The ride will also receive all-new Gerstlauer-built trains, which will be themed around 1961 Cadillac Deville cars. Three distinct trains will operate on the ride, in aqua metallic, black metallic and red metallic colors. Each train will feature a front-mounted "cattle-horn" and authentic-looking grills, headlights and tail.
The Texas Giant opened in 1990 and was the tallest and fastest wooden rollercoaster in the world at the time. However, it has since suffered from frequent complaints by riders that it offers an violent, painful ride. The current re-work is the second time the Texas Giant has been renovated, following a previous update nearly ten years ago. The cost of the latest renovation is greater than the original $5.5 million construction cost for the coaster, even when adjusted for inflation.