Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ring˚Racer is Open: No Halloween Trick!

Happy Halloween everyone!  Hope you're having a candy filled, costume laden day of fun!

This year the coaster world got a treat, not a trick, on Halloween with the opening of ring˚racer at Germany's Nurburgring.  The S&S designed launched ride was originally built in 2009, but a series of setbacks with the launch system (some quite serious) delayed the opening for years.

The ride is set to launch cars to a maximum speed of 99 miles per hour utilizing a compressed air system, which S&S is famous for.  The launch takes place right alongside the race track at the Nurburgring, and the layout features a tall helix at the end to burn off some of the speed.  After that is a pretty sedate trip back to the station area.

The ride's speed doesn't even place it in the top three fastest coasters in the world, but the quick launch (less than 2 seconds) makes for an intense experience no doubt. 

The Nurburgring's website has more photos of the coaster, and video as well.  2013 has turned out to be quite a year for long-delayed rides to open when you add ring˚racer to Flying Turns!