Today, the roller coaster speed crown passes from New Jersey to Nürburg as Ring°Racer is set to officially open at Nürburgring, Germany. The former record holder Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka, tops out at a blistering 128 mph. Ring°Racer will push the envelope even further with a top speed of 134 mph (217 km/h).
The world’s new fastest coaster will have an appropriate home. According to wikipedia, Nürburgring, known as simply “The Ring” by enthusiasts, is a motorsport race track in Nürburg, Germany. Like the infamous Autobahn it includes public acceess roads where anyone with a registered car can drive as fast as they want. Here’s a Google Translated version of how Ring°Racer is described on the Nürburgring web site:
The absolute madness: Formula-1-feeling in the fastest roller coaster in the world. In parallel with the start and finish line of the Nürburgring Grand Prix track star you on the journey of your life: pure adrenalin, the heart races. The traffic light goes to green and in less than 2.5 seconds you’ll get to 217 km / h faster. Twice as fast as a Formula 1 racer in the same time. A steep curve catapulted the car into the air and back into the ring boulevard °. In a dizzying height – directly under the ceiling – it’s back into the station. ” – Nürburgring.de