The Italian ride manufacturer IE Park is currently working on its first looping coaster. The ride, which has been in planning for three to four years, will open this coming spring at the Infinity mall in Mumbai, India.
The ride will weave its way through an FEC on the fifth level of the mall and occupy a 90 x 60-metre footprint with a total of 330-metres of track. The ride’s highest point will be 14.5-metres. One 24-seat train will be used.
Since starting rollercoaster production in 2003, IE Park has built more than 30 rides in four different categories – Mini, Rolly, JR and now Looping – offering 18 different ride options ranging from 46 to 460-metres in length.
“It takes time to gain the knowledge to build a looping coaster,” acknowledges the company’s Andrea Munari, “but now we feel confident. We have the people, we have the skills, and we have the equipment. We are ready.”
IE Park is also considering entering giant wheel market. It already has a number of small and medium sized Ferris Wheels under its belt but was inspired to build something bigger after decommissioning and refurbishing a 70-metre wheel in the Far East.
“We have the ambition and are cautiously moving forward,” reveals Munari. “The market will decide if we are successful.”