Looopings are reporting that Tonnerre de Zeus is going to be renovated for the 2021, after having it confirmed directly to them from the park: https://www.looopings.nl/weblog/13231/Renovatie-voor-houten-achtbaan-Parc-Asterix-ombouw-naar-hybrid-coaster.html
Probably best to take with a pinch of salt for now, and who knows whether this will actually end up being an RMC thing, but certainly something to keep an eye on.One of the most intense wooden roller coasters in Europe will undergo an enormous renovation. Parc Astérix is going to renovate roller coaster Tonnerre de Zeus, confirms a spokeswoman for the French amusement park at Looopings. This raises the question whether the attraction will receive the same treatment as the old wooden roller coaster Robin Hood in Walibi Holland.
That roller coaster was transformed into Untamed a year ago : a hybrid coaster with wooden supports and a steel track, including inversions. The American company Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) was called in for this. Walibi Holland and Parc Astérix are both owned by the Compagnie des Alpes park group. Can RMC now also work in France?
"I can confirm that Tonnerre de Zeus will be renovated for the 2021 season," a spokeswoman for Parc Astérix told Looopings. "It is not yet possible to say which company will be involved in this."
RMC information officer Amy Garcia reacts surprised when we ask her about the project by telephone. "Where did you get this information?" , let them know. "I can neither confirm nor deny that we are involved in this project. We are not allowed to say anything about current projects until the park itself comes with an official announcement."
Tonnerre de Zeus, opened in 1997, was built by the now defunct manufacturer Custom Coasters International. The course is thirty meters high and more than 1200 meters long. During a ride, trains reach a top speed of 83.7 kilometers per hour.