Thorpe Park names 2012 rollercoaster as The Swarm

The new ride will open in March next year

Thorpe Park has revealed the name of its forthcoming rollercoaster as The Swarm.

A new promotional website,, came online at 12 noon on Monday, describing the ride as “a death defying flight through apocalyptic devastation.”

As previously reported, it will be a Bolliger & Mabillard wingrider design, the first of its kind on the UK.

The ride, which has been known as the project name LC12 until this time, will feature what is described as a “unique head first, inverted drop from 127ft.”

Swiss manufacturers B&M debuted the wingrider design at the Italian theme park Gardaland earlier this year.

The Swarm will be built partially over water and will be installed on a new island adjacent to Stealth. A bridge will be constructed linking the area to the existing core of the park.

It will open at the start of the 2012 season at Thorpe Park, on 15 March next year.

Tickets for the opening of the ride are already on sale via the Thorpe Park website for £30.60. They are valid from 15 March to 1 April 2012.

Gears of War video game link speculation

The Swarm’s logo and general stylisation of the marketing material have drawn comparisons to the Gears of War video game franchise.

The text used is of a virtually identical style of that previously seen on the PC and Xbox 360 titles.

If the rollercoaster was to be themed in accordance with the franchise, then it would follow the two existing Thorpe Park attractions, a rollercoaster and horror maze, based on the Saw films.

Gears of War 3 is due for release on 20 September this year.