Earlier this week, Liseberg theme park in Sweden came forth with a major announcement regarding a huge project moving forward in the park’s near future. That announcement comes in the form of a twisted mess of an amazing new coaster set to open at the park in 2014. Coming in at a cost of €22 million ($28.5 million, 200 million kronor), the new roller coaster will be the biggest investment in the park’s history.
Dubbed Projekt Helix, the new roller coaster will be a product of Mack Rides, utilizing the same launch technology as the blue fire Megacoaster at Europa Park in Germany. CEO and President of Liseberg, Andreas Anderson, explained in BloopLoop’s report the reasoning behind why they chose Mack: “With Mack Rides’ Blue Fire technology, we can offer a ride that has comfort, smoothness, and freedom. You can do almost anything with the track system and we have tried to use that advantage to the limit.”
According to the report from the Goteborg Daily, Projekt Helix will be longer than any other at the park at 4545 feet long (1.4 km), and faster as well at 62 mph (100 kph). Work is beginning shortly on the coaster, with plans to blast off in spring 2014. The ride will sport a green color scheme, helping the coaster blend into the nearby terrain, which from artwork and videos released is something it will utilize heavily. To make room for Projekt Helix, Liseberg will be closing it’s 3-D cinema Maxxima, which opened in 2001.
Twisting overhead and interacting with one of the parks other largest coasters, Lisebergbanan, the new coaster will stand 135 feet tall at its highest point, blast trains through two launches, spiral guests through six inversions, and careen them through countless twists, turns, and airtime filled hills. The six inversions on the coaster will include a two corkscrews, a dive loop-immelman combo (pretzel loop double inversion), zero-g roll, and a barrel roll. Andreas Anderson stated in the press release “it has extra of everything! The ambition is to build a ride which is two minutes of pure fun.”
Construction is set to begin later this autumn after the park closes for the season, with plans to open the ride by the spring of 2014.