Over the past year or so, Thorpe has been slowly revealing many of its future development plans for the next several years, one of which mentioned new coasters for 2012 and 2015 as part of its “Medium Term Development Plan” released in July 2010. Well, the plans for 2012 are now known! Thorpe Park has finally revealed the full details of its new planned roller coaster coming to the park in 2012, which will be a B&M Wing Walker/Rider featuring a “crash site” theme.
Code named “LC12,” the ride will be located north of Stealth on an Island near the man-made lake, and will be connected to the rest of the park via a bridge, and is located next to the area which the 2015 coaster is rumored to go. Referred to as a “Wing Coaster four times the width of standard roller coaster trains,” it seems almost certain this will be B&M’s second foray into the Wing Walker/Rider concept following this year’s future opening of X-Raptor at Gardaland. The new coaster will be the centerpiece and focal point of the entire island, which will mostly contain ride theming, photo booths, retail outlets, and food/beverage locations. There are also rumors that the seats could rotate, making this B&M’s first “4th Dimension” coaster, but this is purely rumor at this point.
The artwork released by the park detailing the rides layout shows that it will include a 126-foot-tall lift hill that will roll riders upside down at the top and curl under itself as it drops to the ground (putting riders back in the upright position), before rising into a tall “heartline” roll. The layout also appears to include a tall, swooping, overbanked helix and flat spin/corkscrew element, and possibly another inversion. While the exact length is not known, from the Medium Term Development Plan, it will not exceed 2,788 ft (850 meters).
Along with images of the coaster, the park has included a number of renderings of the theming, including a station that looks like a crumbled and destroyed church, a crashed airplane, sinking rescue helicopter, burnt firetruck, a rolled over tractor trailer, tv/radio station van, dumpsters, and a variety of “crumbling” and “destroyed” scenery. The track will sport grey trackage along with grey-brown supports as it flies through the crash/disaster scene. In fact, the entire theme of the island will be disaster themed, with booths designed to look like destroyed vehicles, damaged shipping containers, or collapsing buildings. Stay tuned for more details as they are released!