Alton Towers has issued a press release which confirms a few unknown details about the ride. Interesting the ride is now confirmed to feature a new design of ride train with 16 riders positioned in 4 rows of 4. The press release also confirms the opening date to be 16th March 2013. We have included the press release in full below.

In March 2013, the Alton Towers Resort will launch its biggest ever ride. The first of its kind in the world, the rollercoaster will be the biggest ever investment for a ride at the Resort.

Whilst many of the details are still a closely guarded secret, here are a few exclusive facts about the ride, codenamed Secret Weapon 7!

Highest drop – 30m

Maximum speed – approx 85km/hr which is 10km/hr faster than Air

Track length – 1,170m. This is 3x the length of Oblivion

Ride time – 165 seconds which is 3x the ride time of Rita

Passengers per ride train – 16 (4x rows of 4)

Minimum rider height – 1.4m

Location – X Sector, on the site of the old Black Hole ride

Investment for the Resort – £18m

Opening date – 16th March 2013


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