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^Wow. That article really makes me wonder who is behind the test run. Did they get approval for their own modifications? Or did S&S come in already as a way to settle this?

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Rhein Zeitung - 09.01.2013

 

Once again trouble concerning the Ring Racer - Owners sue U.S. manufacturer

 

 

The U.S. manufacturer is willing to supply the missing components of the safety concept for the first time, but requests payment in the six-digit range for them! The owners say in reply: "This offer is in form and content unacceptable" Therefore the owners have filed a lawsuit against "S & S Worldwide" located in the U.S. state of Utah. The lawsuit will begin after the advance payment reached the adminstration of the court.

 

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According to the contract of purchase (May 08) the company "S & S Worldwide," is obligated to adopt all safety requirements by the German and the local government. These requirements were never fulfilled by S&S and as a result the district administration has denied the construction and operating license.

 

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Meanwhile the Nürburgring Automotive GmbH (NAG) even tried to develop their own salvage conceptions and submit the biomedical report but this attempt was rejected by the administration of the dirstrict.

 

Now the U.S. manufacturers is willing to supply the missing documents and components but claims financial compensation from the bankrupt Nürburgring GmbH as soon as "the permits are granted" which means "the ring-Racer is working properly". The owners refuse this offer, especially as the lawyers of the U.S. manufacturer never mementioned the overdue penalty to be paid by S & S. The owners claim that the failures of the U.S. company are undeniable, furthermore the owners consider the safety requirements of the district administration as rereasonable.

Therefore the owners consider the bebehavior of "S & S Worldwide," as "quite shameless". Spokesman Pietro Nuvoloni proclaimed: "The behaviour of the company, has been the primary factor that has prevented the proper issuing of the construction permits and operating licenses. Nowadays the company requires a huge amount of money for the effort to remedy defects caused by the company. Such an offer is absurd"

 

Damn, I hope for the sake of S&S that this is not true, but why else would they sue them?

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more news...

 

apparently the following was published in a newspaper this week

 

they are "expecting" the coaster to be open before july 7th (when the F1 visits)

 

could it?? would it?? will it??

time will tell..

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According to the LA times, Ring Racer is set to open July 7th.

 

By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer

June 25, 2013, 8:15 a.m.

 

The long-anticipated RingRacer at Germany's Nurburgring racetrack is set to join the ranks of the fastest roller coasters in the world when it reopens this summer after a four-year delay.

 

Back in 2009, the $15-million compressed-air-launch coaster was billed as the fastest coaster in the world with a top speed of 135 mph. Built by Utah-based S&S Worldwide, RingRacer was designed to launch with a force of 5.6 Gs and travel along a 4,000-foot-long track running between the grandstands and the racecourse. Reaching maximum acceleration in 2.5 seconds, the coaster would accelerate twice as fast as the Formula One single-seater cars that race at the renowned Grand Prix track 75 miles northwest of Frankfurt.

 

RingRacer never achieved the record-setting pace. With Formula One champion Michael Schumacher on board in July 2009, RingRacer operated at approximately 80 mph during its maiden run because the braking system was "not quite working well enough," according to Autosport magazine.

 

Within weeks of the debut, a problem with the launch system forced the closure of the new coaster. A few months later, an explosion while testing the pneumatic launch injured seven people and damaged a nearby building, according to the General-Anzeiger newspaper. Since then the idled 125-foot-tall coaster has stood as a constant reminder of the failed attempt at the record books.

 

Over the ensuing years, the few photos of riders aboard RingRacer have whet the appetite of coaster enthusiasts around the world.

 

Provided they secure the proper operating permit, Nurburgring officials hope to reopen RingRacer on July 7 during a Formula One race at the German track. According to track officials, the initial launch speed of RingRacer will be approximately 105 mph with the possibility of higher speeds at a later date.

 

But even at that speed, RingRacer will remain behind the coasters it was designed to top: Kingda Ka (128 mph) at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure, Top Thrill Dragster (120 mph) at Ohio's Cedar Point and Doponpa (107 mph) at Japan's Fuji-Q Highland.

 

The real problem, of course, is that records are meant to be broken. Since RingRacer's brief but fleeting debut, the star-crossed coaster has been bested by the 149 mph Formula Rosa at Ferrari World in the United Arab Emirates. Which means, as any race fan knows, RingRacer will never finish any better than second place.

 

LINK: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/themeparks/la-trb-ring-racer-coaster-nurburgring-06201325,0,6810945.story

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