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The Swarm


The Swarm (officially stylized as "THE SWARM") is a steel Wing Coaster at Thorpe Park, a theme park in the United Kingdom.[2] The Swarm was the world's second Wing Coaster designed by Swiss roller coaster manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard and the United Kingdom's first Wing Coaster.[3] Construction commenced in May 2011, and the coaster opened on 15 March 2012. Starting in 2013, the last two rows of each train face backwards, while the first five rows face forward.

The 775-metre-long (2,543 ft) ride stands 39 metres (128 ft) tall and features five inversions. On the one-minute twenty-five second ride, riders experience speeds of up to 59 miles per hour (95 km/h) and 4.5 times the force of gravity. A marketing campaign for the ride began 11 months before The Swarm was opened to the public. The ride has generally been well received, ranking highly amongst other roller coasters of its type.

History

In 2010, planning for The Swarm began behind closed doors. The ride was codenamed LC12 in the early process of its planning and construction.[4][5] On 31 January 2011, Thorpe Park submitted a planning application for their 2012 ride to the Runnymede Borough Council. The documents detailed the theme park's intent to build a roller coaster, codenamed LC12, which would have an apocalyptic theme. On 30 March 2011, the application was approved by majority vote.

On 1 August 2011, Thorpe Park officially announced The Swarm. The existing LC12.net website was redirected to a new website for The Swarm (theswarm.co.uk). The website gave further information about the new ride's theme, that of an apocalyptic battle.

Projection Mapping, smoke screens and moving ceilings are also used in the indoor sections, which immerse guests in mythology. In the ride station, statues watch the train leave and turn to watch the train arrive. The ride also has several dives into tunnels and heavy interaction with surrounding areas.

Ride Information

  • Location: Thorpe Park
  • Opened: 15 March 2012
  • Cost: £20 Million

 

General Statistics

  • Type: Steel – Wing Coaster
  • Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard
  • Designer: John Wardley 
  • Lift/launch system: Chain lift hill
  • Height: 128ft (39m)
  • Drop:
  • Length: 2,543ft (775m)
  • Speed: 59mph (95km/h)
  • Inversions: 4
  • Duration: 1:25
  • Capacity: 1300 riders per hour
  • G-force: 4.5
  • Height restriction: 4ft 7in (140cm)

 

 

 

 

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