‘Gut-wrenching’ Coaster Set To Debut
March 1, 2012 by staff
‘Gut-wrenching’ Coaster Set To Debut, Thorpe Parke in Surrey, England, may just be debuting the most extreme roller coaster the world has ever seen this summer with “The Swarm,” as early test runs found crash test dummies returning from their ride with limbs missing and former air force pilots dubbing it “gut-wrenching.” With all the technological advances in ride design these days bringing rides to push the limits of fear, have thrill ride manufacturers finally reached the point where rider safety is now more at risk than ever? The answer may be null, as riders will surely flock to give this one a try.
“The Swarm” is one of a new generation of so-called “winged” coasters, whereby the cars are perched along either side of the track with nothing but air above and below the riders, giving them the truest sense of flight any ride has ever seen. Three such “winged” rides will be making their debuts in U.S. parks this spring: Dollywood’s “Wild Eagle” in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Hershey Park’s “Skyrush” in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and “X-Flight” at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.
With a 127 foot drop and speeds of around 62 miles per hour, Thorpe Park’s ride doesn’t seem as if it would be that death-defying at first, but that drop is an inverted one and what lies beyond is simply terrifying, with a “series of extreme near misses and inversions.” Former R.A.F. pilot Mark Cutmore said that the “near miss element [on 'The Swarm'] is eye watering – you really do feel as if you are going to crash into structures.” With a review such as that, this ride is undoubtedly extreme.
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