Intimidator

Not to be confused with Intimidator 305, the roller coaster at Kings Dominion.
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Intimidator
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Carowinds
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Status Operating since March 27, 2010
Cost $23,000,000 USD
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Type Steel - Hyper - Out and Back
Product Hyper Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1,600
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 232 feet
Drop 211 feet
Top speed 75 mph
Length 5316 feet
Inversions 0
Angle 74°
Duration 3:33
HELP

Intimidator is a steel hyper roller coaster located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, it was the park's thirteenth roller coaster when it opened on March 27, 2010. It was the tallest roller coaster at the park until the opening of Fury 325 in 2015.

The attraction was built on the former site of the Wild Thornberry's River Adventure log flume.

History

Intimidator was announced on August 26, 2009. At a cost of $23 million, it was the most costly project in the park's history.[1] Intimidator opened on March 27, 2010.[2]

Seatbelts were added to supplement the lap-bar restraints in 2014.[3]

The coaster was given a new paint job in 2020.

Design

Elements

Ride experience

As the train is dispatched, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" is played on the speakers, riders begin to climb up the 232 foot tall chain lift hill before dropping 211 feet. The train then heads through a 178 foot tall banked hill. This is followed by a 151 foot tall hill and a 121 foot tall horseshoe. Riders go pass a hill, which is 105 feet tall. A 90 foot tall hill leads into the block brake. The train goes through a 62 foot tall hill and a helix. The last two hills lead into the final brake run. Riders turn left and return to the station.

Theme

Intimidator is named after NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt and the trains are designed to look like his 1998 No.3 car.[1] Another roller coaster with the same theme, Intimidator 305, opened in the same year at Kings Dominion.

Trains

3 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 32 riders per train. The trains employ staggered seating and riders are held in by lap-bars and seat belts.

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