Raptor rollercoaster concept art

A new video has been released showing a full test run of the Raptor rollercoaster at Italy's Gardaland, which is set to open in April 2011.

The new coaster is a Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider model, the first of its kind in the world. Riders will be seated on either side of the track in a "winged" formation, held in place by over-the-shoulder restrained which are designed not to be too restrictive. Raptor's circuit will be 2,624 feet in length, rising up to 100 feet above the ground and featuring two inversions.

Despite appearing similar to a "4th Dimension" coaster, Raptor's seats will not rotate independently. Instead, the focus will be on creating "near-misses" with the extensive scenery, which is designed to tell a backstory based around a mysterious creature that hatches from an egg discovered at the park.

Fans of Thorpe Park will be eagerly watching the reaction to Raptor when it opens. B&M is currently working on a second Wing Rider coaster, which is due to open at the UK park in 2012. Code-named "LC12", the ride is set to feature a post-apocalyptic theme.

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looks good im looking forwood to the POV.

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