Ring Racer

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Ring Racer
Nürburgring ring°racer.jpg
Part of the Ring Racer's turnaround.
Coordinates 50°20′10″N 6°56′57″E / 50.33611°N 6.94917°E / 50.33611; 6.94917Coordinates: 50°20′10″N 6°56′57″E / 50.33611°N 6.94917°E / 50.33611; 6.94917
Status Closed
Opening date 31 October 2013 (2013-10-31)
Closing date 4 November 2013 (2013-11-04)
General statistics
Type Steel – Launched
Manufacturer S&S Worldwide
Model High-Thrill coaster
Track layout Raceway-style oval layout
Lift/launch system Pneumatic launch
Height 37.5 m (123 ft)
Length 1,212 m (3,976 ft)
Speed 160.0 km/h (99.4 mph)
Duration 85 seconds
Capacity 400 riders per hour
Acceleration 0 to 99.4 mph (0 to 160 km/h) in 2 seconds
G-force 5.6
Height restriction 55 in (140 cm)
Ring Racer at RCDB
Pictures of Ring Racer at RCDB

Ring Racer, stylized as Ring°racer, is a Formula One-themed roller coaster which was due to open on August 15, 2009[1] at the Nürburgring race course as part of the Nürburgring 2009 project.

It was originally planned to accelerate from 0 to 217 kilometres per hour (135 mph) in 2.5 seconds.[1] parallel to the grand prix track. However, two defects in the launch system delayed its opening until 2013.[2] On 3 September 2009, a series of explosions in the pneumatic system caused injuries to seven people, and shattered windows.[3][4][5]

It was manufactured by S&S Worldwide and features a pneumatic launch. This accelerates the coaster from 0–99.4 mph (0–160 km/h) in less than 2 seconds, double the acceleration of a Formula 1 driver in the same period of time.[6]

According to the local state, Rhineland-Palatinate, the cost of Ring Racer accumulated to a total of 12.3 million Euro.[7]

In 2014, it was announced by Nürburgring that Ring Racer wouldn't start running again as the ride is not economically viable.

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  1. ^ a b Noble, Jonathan (July 13, 2009). "Grapevine: Paddock Life: Nurburgring edition - F1 - Autosport Plus". Autosport. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Ring Racer - Nürburgring (Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Wie aus einem kleinen „Zwischenfall“ ein großer Vertuschungs-Skandal werden kann". motor-kritik.de. September 9, 2009. Archived from the original on August 25, 2011. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Themen des Tages". Eifel Zeitung. April 10, 2015. Archived from the original on October 4, 2015. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  5. ^ MacDonald, Brady (June 25, 2013). "RingRacer: Top speed record now out of reach for oft-delayed German coaster". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  6. ^ "ring°racer". Nürburgring. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  7. ^ "Start frei für den Ringracer - aber erst im Frühjahr". Hamacher-stefan.de. Rheinzeitung. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 

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