Here we bring you the latest news and rumours from the construction site.
First of all, we can confirm that the manufacturer of the new-for-2010 roller coaster will be Intamin.
Alton Towers and Intamin have worked together several times in the past, most recently with Rita - Queen of Speed but also with the Congo River Rapids and the now-retired Swan Boats.
This means a break in tradition for the park, for the other three "Secret Weapon" coasters - Nemesis, Oblivion and Air - were manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard.
It is believed that construction on the new ride will begin in mid-June, with the station building being the first part of the ride to appear. No track is expected to be arriving on-site until at least a few months later.
As to what marks this coaster out as a world's first, it is rumoured to involve a backwards launch section part-way around the ride circuit.
The theme is still unknown, although the banner next to Rita's queue advertising the new ride seems to point towards a 'dark forest' theme. If true, then hopefully the park will re-theme Rita to match, as the current 'Thunder Rock Rally' theme is already a hybrid of drag racing/prehistoric era.
As ever, the park themselves are giving nothing away, so it remains to be seen how things will pan out.