The wooden Rattler had been constructed by Roller Coaster Corporation of America.When it opened in 1992, it was the tallest and fastest wooden coaster in the world, with a height of 179 feet (55 m), a first drop of 166 feet (51 m) and a top speed of 73 mph (117 km/h).
It was later revealed by the Spokane Journal of Business that The Rattler would be completely refurbished in 2013 with new track and trains in a manner similar to that used by the company on the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in 2011.
The National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives announced on April 16, 2013, they would be auctioning off the first ride of Iron Rattler on the evening of May 17, 2013, and proceeds going towards the museum.
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Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced in August 2012, that they would be revamping their wooden coaster, The Rattler, into a steel track coaster, to be called Iron Rattler.
The renovation would be performed by Rocky Mountain Construction and would feature the I-Box steel track on some of the original wooden coaster supports, Rattler-themed trains supplied by Gerstlauer, and a barrel roll. The Rattler had been constructed by Roller Coaster Corporation of America.The distance between the lowest and highest points of the first drop was increased from 124 to 171 feet (38 to 52 m) and the drop was made steeper by changing the angle to 81 degrees.The resulting modifications increased the speed of the trains from 65 to 70 miles per hour (105 to 113 km/h).The ride begins by exiting out of the station and turning around under Road Runner Express.It ascends a 179-foot-tall (55 m) chain lift hill, before dropping 171 feet (52 m) at an angle of 81°.The track then ascends to the top of the quarry wall where it enters a 110° over-banked turn.