Thorpe Park has confirmed that Bolliger & Mabillard will design its new rollercoaster for the 2012 season, which has been codenamed "LC12".
The park has submitted a planning application to Runnymede Borough Council outlining the design for the new ride, which will be located on an island close to the existing Stealth coaster. The ride will have a maximum height of 126 feet (38.6 metres), and is due to open in spring 2012.
The full plans for the ride will not be posted to the council's website until later this week. They are expected to include layout diagrams for the coaster, which should give a strong hint as to the type of B&M coaster that will be employed.
Thorpe 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.
Previous plans submitted by Thorpe Park to the local council claimed that the 2012 coaster will reach a maximum length of 850 metres and will feature no more than 9 vertical loops. The proposed new rollercoaster for 2015 will share the same maximum length and number of inversions, though little else is known about it.
Thorpe Park's Divisional Director Mike Vallis commented on the plans: "This new development for 2012 will further add to the park's impressive ride portfolio and firmly establish Thorpe Park as the nation's Thrill Capital with a wide range of adrenaline pumping rides."
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