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!