Maxx Force launch coaster: 0 to 78 mph in less than 2 seconds

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(CNN) — To achieve maximum speed on most roller coasters, you slowly pull out of the loading station and ascend to the crest of that first hill with the assist of a chain lift — and then take a dramatic first drop.

That’s not good enough for Maxx Force. Straight out of the station, this new, high-tech launch coaster blasts you from 0 to 78 mph (125 kph) in less than two seconds.

All before you ever reach the first hill or inversion.

To get that kind of startling initial speed, travel to the coaster’s home at Six Flags Great America outside Chicago in Gurnee, Illinois.

The launch coaster is scheduled to open to the public on the Fourth of July.

Six Flags pass holders are getting early access to Maxx Force during a Membership Appreciation Day celebration today.

“Maxx Force is absolutely revolutionary, taking Six Flags innovation to an all-new level of extreme,” said Six Flags Great America Park President Hank Salemi in a news release.

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