In a surprise move, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has selected Zierer to build its new rollercoaster for 2012, according to leaked details.
Posts made to the Theme Park Review forums claim that the German manufacturer has been selected ahead of Intamin, who were widely assumed to be lined up to supply the coaster. The forum posts were backed by leaked concept art, which can still be viewed on the forum but has subsequently been pulled from news stories on other websites.
The news that Zierer will build the coaster means that it is likely to share fewer similarities with the upcoming Cheetah Hunt coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa than had originally been thought. Busch Gardens Williamsburg has claimed that the new coaster will include multiple launch sections, a feature it would have it common with the ride at its sister park. However, the selection of Zierer ahead of Intamin (who manufactured Cheetah Hunt) means that Busch Gardens is not following its recent policy of installing similar rollercoasters at both its parks.
According to the forum posts, the new coaster will feature 8 cars per train, each of which can hold 2 riders. It will also feature a heavily-themed bridge finale that will stand at 95 feet tall, as well as unknown elements that will take place inside a show building. The building itself appears to have a forest theme, and will cover 26,000 square feet.
In January, Busch Gardens Williamsburg asked fans to comment on potential names for the new rollercoaster. The ride is set to feature an "autobahn" (highway) theme to match its location in the Germany area of the park, with the park promising that it will "combine fast launches, special effects and indoor and outdoor elements to make it a one-of-a-kind coaster experience." The latest leak backs up these claims, suggesting that the ride's trains will feature heavy theming - potentially to make them resemble cars.
Last week, early plans revealed the layout for Busch Gardens Williamsburg's planned addition. The new coaster's circuit appears to follow a similar path to the Big Bad Wolf, the rollercoaster which used to be situated on the same site.
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