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June 25, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
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. Photos: RingRacer coaster at Germany's Nurburgring racetrack 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.
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June 25, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
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. Photos: RingRacer coaster at Germany's Nurburgring racetrack 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.
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October 25, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
PortAventura theme park in Spain plans to debut a record-setting $35-million mountain climbing-themed roller coaster in spring 2012 featuring a series of camelback hills, pitch-black tunnels and a water element. > Photos: Spain's PortAventura unveils 2012 roller coaster The roller coaster, or " montaƱa rusa " in Spanish, is expected to be named after the mythical Tibetan kingdom of Shambhala, according to Roller Coaster Database . The Bollinger & Mabillard-built ride will be the tallest (249 feet)
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December 2, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It already looks like 2012 will prove to be a good year for globetrotting ride enthusiasts as theme parks in Asia, Europe and South America are planning to roll out major new attractions. > Photos: Best new international theme park rides for 2012 Theme parks around the world are preparing a highly anticipated slate for 2012 that includes record-setting roller coasters, one-of-a-kind attractions, pulse-quickening thrill rides and family-friendly themed lands. Since it is still early, I'll update my Top 20 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
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