Thorpe Park has released a teaser image for its planned new rollercoaster for 2012, while also revealing the project name for the ride as "LC12".
The image, sent to the Thorpe Park Mania fansite, depicts a mushroom cloud with the slogan "The End is Coming" below, suggesting a post-apocalyptic or nuclear war theme for the planned coaster. No further details can be gleaned from the image, which doesn't give any hints as to the type of rollercoaster that Thorpe Park plans to build.
The park plans to back up its claim to be "the UK's thrill capital" with the addition of two new rollercoasters over the next five years. As revealed in Theme Park Tourist's in-depth report on the park's development plans for 2010-16, it hopes to add the new coasters in 2012 and 2015.
The early plans submitted by Thorpe Park to the local council claim that the 2012 coaster will stand a maximum height of 164-feet-tall, will reach a maximum length of 850 metres, and will feature no more than 9 vertical loops. The park plans to situate the coaster close to Stealth, on a currently unused island.
Even less is known about the proposed new rollercoaster for 2015, although it will share the same maximum length and number of inversions and has a lower maximum height of 131 feet. Designs for the later ride are likely to be at an even earlier stage than for the planned 2012 addition.
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