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This article is about the Backlot Stunt Coaster at Kings Dominion. For the other two Backlot Stunt Coasters, see Backlot Stunt Coaster marker and Backlot Stunt Coaster .

Backlot Stunt Coaster is a launched roller coaster located at Kings Dominionmarker in Doswell, Virginiamarker. It is essentially the same coaster as the Italian Job: Stunt Track, found at Canada's Wonderland and Kings Islandmarker. The Italian Job was Kings Dominion's new attraction in 2006.

Backlot Stunt Coaster opened as The Italian Job: Turbo Coaster in 2006, during Kings Dominion's last season under Paramount Parks/CBS ownership. It was themed to The Italian Job and, as such, was the last Paramount-themed ride to open in the park. After Cedar Fair acquired Kings Dominion and the other four Paramount Parks during the 2006 season, Cedar Fair changed the park's name back to Kings Dominion for the 2007 season. It remained under its original name for the 2007 season. During the 2007-2008 offseason, Cedar Fair changed The Italian Job: Turbo Coaster's name to Back Lot Stunt Coaster and changed the name of Tomb Raider: Firefall to The Crypt.

Original ground

Backlot Stunt Coaster took the place of Diamond Falls (a flume ride) and two of the first water park attractions in the park: FreeFallin', an assortment of water slides, and the children's area of the water park.

The layout

The coaster cars are designed to look like 3:4 scale MINI Cooper convertibles, with each car holding four passengers at a time. The ride is meant to emulate the movie's car chase sequence, stopping midway to be interrupted by a sequence of a helicopter flying by and shooting at the cars, followed by pyrotechnics. The ride is fairly short, at about 1:04 long.

The ride features three launch sections. At the beginning, riders are launched into a double helix at 40 mph; the acceleration from 0 to 40 takes 3 seconds. The other launch sections occur when riders are launched into a tunnel and at the end of the same tunnel section, prior to a water splash effect that passes under the ride's entrance.


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