The Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 race track in Austin, Texas will sport a larger amusement park by 2023, including a coaster model never before seen in the U.S.
Austin’s Cotaland already has a new coaster opening later this year: Palindrome, a shuttle coaster from Gerstlauer that will cross over a road that was revealed at the IAAPA Expo. As first reported by KTBC, the park plans to expand further, sporting at least 25 rides by next year.
“We actually had this as part of the original master plan. Our assets are concession stands, restrooms and lots of parking spaces. When you consider what you should do with a campus like that, you have to make it a destination,” said Bobby Epstein, chairman of COTA.
Among those new rides is another roller coaster called Circuit Breaker. The ride locks the coaster train into a section of track, which is then tilted 90 degrees — thus why it’s called a “tilt coaster” — before releasing the train into a tunnel.
Cotaland did not respond to a request for comment, but Theme Park Tribune has learned the coaster will be built by Vekoma. The Dutch coaster firm built the only other coaster of this type, Gravity Max at Taiwan’s Discovery World, which opened in 2002.
“It’s just the most neat experience to be dangling facing downward waiting for it to drop,” said Matt Hughey, senior manager of Cotaland.
Vekoma is also responsible for everything from numerous Boomerang coaster models to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Cotaland currently sports three coasters, two smaller kiddie models and a relocated Schwarzkopf coaster called Texas Wildcat, which was previously known as Rat Ride and Raptor Attack at the U.K.’s Lightwater Valley amusement park from 1989 to 2019.