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roller coaster
Thorpe Park
Location Chertsey, Surrey, England
Status Operating since March 15, 2012
Cost £20,000,000
Height restriction 55 inches (140 cm)
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations John Wardley
Type Steel - Winged
Model / product Custom Wing Coaster
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1,100
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height127 feet
Top speed59 mph
Length2543 feet
G-force4.5 g
The ride's barrel roll drop element.

The Swarm is a winged roller coaster at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, the ride is the second design of its kind by the Swiss roller coaster manufacturer, the first being Raptor at Gardaland in Italy, which opened in April 2011.

Design[edit | edit source]


The Swarm's track layout is designed to take advantage of the theming. The ride has 5 inversions, including the first ever dive drop.

Trains[edit | edit source]

7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train. The ride features special Wing Rider trains with seats on either side of the track, not above or below it. This gives a more exposed feeling.

Starting in the 2013 season, the last two cars were turned to face backwards. All the rows were turned forwards again for the 2016 season.

Theme[edit | edit source]

The station

The Swarm is themed around a post-apocalyptic swarm of aliens who have destroyed the world, with burnt-out vehicles and smoking objects that look like they have been blown up. The ride is said to give the experience of 'Flying through a crash scene'.

The station is themed to look like a burnt-out church. It has a glass roof which means you can see riders board the train at the top of the lift hill.

Often, the train comes close to the theming. On the first drop, a crashed plane acts as a headchopper and the train also comes close to the roof of the station. A devastated billboard was added for the 2013 season.

Advertising[edit | edit source]

On 21 April 2011, Thorpe Park released an advertising campaign around the park. Hundreds of posters where "flyposted" around the park visible to all. The posters exclaimed that "The end is coming.. Uncover the truth" along with a website LC12.net. The website had a brief description of the possible theme of the ride and also had a countdown until the beginning of August 2011, when the ride's name was revealed to be The Swarm.