New images have been released that show the theming elements that will surround Alton Towers' new ride for 2013, the SW7 roller coaster.
The plans, posted to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council website, show a number of futuristic-styled structures that will surround the ride's circuit. As expected, the theming elements feature an industrial look, with the ride's circuit weaving in and out of a central tower.
The coaster itself will pack at least 8 inversions and 2 lift hills into its compact circuit, and is also set to feature a yet-to-be-revealed "world's first" element. Work to install the roller coaster and the surrounding theming is expected to begin during the 2012 season, resulting in the temporary closure of the Enterprise and Submission rides.
A large, spider-like structure will sit at the centre of SW7, with six legs extending from a central core:
Two smaller theming elements will sit alongside the coaster, including what appears to be a news truck. This suggests that the ride's story could be based around an "alien landing" or similar invasion:
The roller coaster's station will continue the industrial look, and will also house part of the ride's circuit:
Reaching a maximum height of 22.15 metres (73 feet) above ground level, Alton Towers' new coaster will also dip below ground level at some points in order to gain extra height. It is not yet clear whether the ride will feature a launched section, although this has been strongly rumoured.
The new coaster is set to be the most expensive attraction ever installed by Alton Towers, with its rumored £20 million budget topping the £15 million spent on installing Thirteen in 2010.
For more details of Alton Towers' new addition for 2013, see Theme Park Tourist's detailed breakdown of the SW7 plans.
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