There was an article in my weekly motorsport rag Motorsport News about this this week, whilst mostly motorsport related, I thoguht it rasied some valid points about the coaster's location:
Written by Simon Arron and published in MN
New furniture for an old house
Hockenheim is on its knees and the Nurburgring management repeatedly claims is can't afford to accommodate Formula One on an annual basis. For a nation that stage two world championship grand prix every year from 1995 to 2006 and spawned 25 per cent of the current entry list, post-Schumacher Germany's relationship with F1 looks incresingly brittle.
There was little overt evidence of financial strain at the 'Ring last weekend, though. When this was simply the site of a sublime racetrack, the 14.2-mile Nordschleife, it was infused with soul but but surronded only by trees and grazing pasture. It is 25 years since it become just another venue - albeit a touch more interesting than some that have followed in its slipstream. Its perimeter now contains a freshly built shopping complex, sports arena (the WBA middleweight title fight between Felix Sturm and Khoren Gevor took place there on Saturday ngiht). bars, cafes and, obviously, the world's fastest rollercoaster (at least, it is until Ferrari World opens next year in Abu Dhabi).
It is the result of a reported investment for 281 million euros [£242 million] that is designed to make the 'Ring an everyday destination, rather than somewhere you go occasionally to thrash the living daylights out of a Subaru Impreza. A fresh infrastructure cannot, however mask the fact that this remains the middle of nowhere. As a German colleague said, "Can you imagine how busy it will be in February, when it's minus 5? Who will want to come here then? We seem to be good at building things that are completely useless."
Sorry that was long winded until I reached the point that was relavent, but the article would of made little sense without it! I certainly wouldn't just go for one rollercoaster and I have no idea what this Ferrari World is but it sounds like it might make a mockery of this ride within a year! I hope I haven't wasted your time with that :D