After a year long, $10-million renovation the Texas Giant returned in 2011 as an all-new, steel hybrid roller coaster as part of Six Flags' 50th anniversary celebration. Gone are the rickety wood tracks of the original and in its place are steel tracks designed to give a smooth, screaming fast ride. To further enhance the experience, Six Flags Over Texas, increased the lift hill by 10-feet, included two exciting new elements. and the first drop at an incredibly steep 79-degrees is now one of the steepest coaster drops in the world. Also, the ride now sports a world record-breaking banked turn of 95-degrees. Much of the layout remains on unchanged, but the renovation has restored the Texas Giant's reputation as being one of the top-ranked roller coasters in the world.
Related: See the entry for Texas Giant wooden coaster.
|2011||Steel||Twister||Rocky Mountain Construction, Curtis D. Summers|
|Angle Of Descent: 79 degrees||Drop: 147 feet|
|Height: 153 feet||Length: 4,700 feet|
|Trains: 3 - 24 passenger||Ride Time: 2 minutes, 10 seconds|
|Top Speed: 65 mph||Train Mfg: Gerstlauer|
Features: Prefabricated steel I-Box track; 95-degree bank is the steepest in the world for a wooden coaster; Three tunnels
Restraints: Lap bar
Renovation cost: $10 million
Opening date: April 22, 2011
Estimated cost: $5.5 million
Train has six cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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