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Post by BrandonStrouphauer on 2012-01-15, 15:16

Discuss "The Swarm" A new B&M wing coaster for 2012 at Thorpe Park.

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BREAKING NEWS: THE SWARM HAS BEGUN TESTING

Post by BrandonStrouphauer on 2012-01-15, 15:17

The Swarm has BEGUN TESTING!

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Post by LFCoasterZombie on 2012-01-15, 18:18

Awesome! Hopefully we can see some testing videos and POV videos soon Very Happy

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Post by BrandonStrouphauer on 2012-01-15, 18:36

I really hope a video of testing comes out soon as well!

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Re: The Swarm- Official Discussion Thread

Post by LFCoasterZombie on 2012-01-16, 12:15

Here are some more pics of testing of The Swarm. This Coaster is looking great!

(And I wish that was me on the test rides! lol)

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Re: The Swarm- Official Discussion Thread

Post by thom25 on 2012-01-17, 10:05

The first video of The Swarm testing has been posted on their facebook page below. I love the typical B&M roar throughout the video, and it certainly has a compact layout with a pretty short ride time (30 seconds from top of lift to brake). With what appears to be a pretty forceful lay-out, I can't wait to see an on-ride POV and review of the ride experience.

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Post by CHILLERLC1 on 2012-01-17, 23:06

The first two elements are a preview of what's to come for X-Flight. I haven't been on one yet like the most of us but I think the genre goes through the course slower than the typical B&M sitdown. I think it goes through the inclined loop at a regular B&M standup speed. I think because of how high the zero g roll and how wide the corkscrew is the train goes slowly through it. I think it gives guests more time to feel the sensations. It's a tight layout otherwise on The Swarm with the drop really being under the lift and the turnaround and corkscrew going through the inclined loop.

To me Wild Eagle looks like it goes out and back like the Time Machine. I have a feeling Wild Eagle is going to look slow once it starts testing.
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Re: The Swarm- Official Discussion Thread

Post by thom25 on 2012-01-17, 23:14

Keep in mind nothing has been broken in yet, AND the weather right now is cold. I felt the same thing watching the video, but think come the summer, the speed will increase - time will tell.

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Re: The Swarm- Official Discussion Thread

Post by BrandonStrouphauer on 2012-01-17, 23:56

A new video was posted, and it FLEW through. Could be B&M trying out different wheels.

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Re: The Swarm- Official Discussion Thread

Post by thom25 on 2012-01-24, 21:35

I think this is a marketing ploy by the park to generate buzz, given the lack of details. The test video looked like there were no issues, and with this being a B&M, I'm skeptical about any major safety issues.

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Re: The Swarm- Official Discussion Thread

Post by BrandonStrouphauer on 2012-02-07, 00:58

Anything new heard about The Swarm?

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Post by thom25 on 2012-02-22, 13:11

Testing is starting to wind down with The Swarm, since 4 human rides experienced this monster this week. You can see the official pictures of the riders on the Thorpe's Developers Diary here ! cheers

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Post by thom25 on 2012-02-23, 14:04

Thorpe Park has released the first on-ride POV from the Swarm. What really struck me was how smooth the outer seats appear to be. Of course it's only a short snippet and not the entire ride, and we certainly don't know the ride with break in over time, but I've got to say it appears to provide a very comfortable ride experience. Can't wait to see more, but enjoy this first vid.


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Post by hersheycoaster14 on 2012-02-23, 17:32

AWESOME!!!!!!!! Very Happy

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Re: The Swarm- Official Discussion Thread

Post by thom25 on 2012-03-02, 10:56

Thorpe Park has released the first POV of The Swarm (below). I was actually surprised that the ride did not appear to be as disorienting as I though it would be, however during the high "G" spots, you can notice quite a bit of vibration. It's early and probably very cold there at the moment, so I'm not sure how fast the ride will go during the summer with a full train of riders, but speed and vibration discussion are encouraged below.


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Re: The Swarm- Official Discussion Thread

Post by galindoverhere on 2012-03-02, 20:36

I'm loving it! Now we know a bit of how X-Flight will feel like! Wink I hope to visit Thorpe Park one day and ride all their amazing coasters...

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Post by hersheycoaster14 on 2012-03-20, 09:57

And it's open(like four days ago) the first major coaster of the year to open.Other than it getting stuck on the lift hill it ran pretty smoothly.
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Post by thom25 on 2012-03-30, 03:40

Wanted to share the Swarm videos below cause I think they are fun first and foremost and show the ride in action.




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