Busch Gardens Tampa has revealed new photos and video of the trains for its Cheetah Hunt rollercoaster, which have arrived on site ahead of the ride's debut on May 27, 2011.
The trains for the multi-launch, Intamin-built coaster are each made up of four cars that can hold four passengers each. The front car will feature a custom nose-piece that is designed to resemble a cheetah's face, while the rest of the cars will be decorated with cheetah-style markings prior to the ride's opening date. The finished cars are due to be unveiled at the end of March.
The video below shows the Cheetah Hunt trains being unloaded on their arrival at Busch Gardens Tampa:
You can find out more about Busch Gardens Tampa's new coaster in Theme Park Tourist's in-depth preview of Cheetah Hunt. A range of images of the Cheetah Hunt trains are shown below:
Busch Gardens Tampa has invested more than $20 million in building Cheetah Hunt and the accompanying Cheetah Run live animal exhibit. Construction is nearing completion, with ninety percent of the ride's track in place and twelve out of a total of fourteen cheetahs having arrived at the park.
The new coaster will be themed around the speed and agility of real-life cheetahs, and will feature three launch sections that will propel riders to speeds of 30, 60 and 40 miles per hour respectively. In total, the ride's circuit will extend for 4,429 feet, and will include a 130-feet drop, banked turns, a heartline inversion and a parabola that will give riders a sensation of weightlessness ("airtime") for 3 seconds.
Alongside the new coaster, the Cheetah Run live animal exhibit will include special viewing areas that will enable guests to view the world's fastest land animals up-close. Guests wishing to learn more about the animals will be able to access information via touchscreen computer terminals.
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