Famous Race Track Series #2: Nürburgring

For our last Famous Racetrack Series, we talked about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosted specialized Indy 500 cars. This month, let us learn a little bit more about a track, located in one of the countries that produced some of the most worldly renowned and superbly engineered cars – Germany.  Located 120 kilometer northwest of Frankfurt, Germany, the Nürburgring is nicknamed as “The Green Hell”, being one of the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racing circuits in the world. With a total distance of more than 17 miles and 170 corners, winning a race here will put your name among the greatest drivers in the world.

Photo by MRC Imagery

Photo by MRC Imagery

More commonly dubbed as “The Ring”, this track was built in 1927 as a government project, but it transitioned into an adventurous destination for professional and aspiring drivers alike.

The racetrack has undergone extensive renovation over the years, but it remains as one of the most legendary places for motorsports, housing grand prix winners and champions from around the world.

Wrench’s Fact: Solving the Ancient Egyptian Mystery

The devouring sand storm is coming and you are caught up in an intense competition against your opponents in Eat My Dust. What can you do to maneuver through the dangerous obstacles and dodge the cunning attacks from your opponents? Wrench has a few pointers to help you reveal the secrets of this hidden racetrack of Land of Ra in Ancient Egypt and race to the top of the leaderboard!

Land of Ra Track

While you race through the abandoned village in this bare land of sand, be sure to take the detours to shorten your time, and maintain your lane position to avoid crashing into walls and obstacles. Also, be mindful of the slipping sand as you drift through the mystic desert and monumental landmarks. Going off track resets your game, and you will need to work extra hard to gain that lost time back to win the race. Don’t forget to use your boost on straight roads by pressing “SHIFT” on your keyboard to give you a little push to take over your opponents. Lastly, fire all your weapons to anyone that’s standing between you and ultimate glory!

Are you ready to take on all the unexpected obstacles and deadly creatures that roamed this racetrack?

Wrench’s Fun Facts: World’s Most Dangerous Racetrack

The Snaefell Mountain Course, more commonly known as the Isle of Man TT, located on the west coast of England, is regarded as the most dangerous and deadliest racetrack in the world. Specializing in housing motorcycle competition since 1911, this course has about 200 corners and wields its way through a winding mountain road in the countryside.

Photo by Jonathan Camp

Photo by Jonathan Camp

Some of the motorcycles can reach a 200 mph speed rate in a straight section at the beginning of the course. However, the obstacles on both sides of the road are what make the course so challenging and risky. The road is lined with light poles, mail boxes, stone walls, etc. Some are so close to the rider that a slight touch of these obstacles will throw the racer off course.

When the riders reach the countryside of the village, they are confronted with narrow lanes and hazards that are often concealed by hedges and grass. All the riders who successfully completed the course possess the balanced quality of perfection and luck.

Officials have deemed the racetrack too dangerous for competition, but racing fans have continued to visit the Isle of Man to sample this last true road race.

Famous Race Track Series #1: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Have you seen the latest DreamWorks Animation film, Turbo? If so, you should be quite familiar with this racetrack. Learn more about the nuts and bolts of this racetrack and share this new knowledge of automobile racing history with your Eat My Dust buddies!

Photo by Josh Hallett

Photo by Josh Hallett

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is known for being a symbol of the American heritage and one of the world’s greatest racecourses. It was built over 100 years ago in 1909 as a testing track, but now has become the host of many history defining moments. The Speedway is also a facility that can house the most spectators in the world, with more than 250,000 permanent seats.

The most significant and epic event that takes place on this racetrack annually is the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500). This is a 500 mile race held on Memorial Day weekend every year, where drivers need to complete 200 laps to race to victory and honor. The Indy 500 is considered to be the top three most prestigious events in automobile racing around the world.

Photo by Daniel Morrison

Photo by Daniel Morrison

Unlike Formula One, drivers use Indy cars to race in the Indy 500. The Indy cars are designed for oval track racing and must follow a standardized set of specifications so that all the cars in the race are identical, except for the cosmetics. On the other hand, Formula One cars are designed and created from scratch every year. Therefore, the cars may look similar to one another, but the performance and features may be entirely different. The only similarity that Indy cars and Formula One cars have is being open wheeled, which means that the wheels are outside the single-seated car’s main body.