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    This obscene coaster is called the Intimidator, and for good reason as well! This monster of a coaster travels at a whopping 80 mph (128.7 kph) with maximum height of 232 feet or 70.7 meters, can you imagine the thrill of climbing to the maximum height then suddenly dropping towards the ground at 80 mph? The Intimidator is the 13th roller coaster to be built and installed at the Carowinds amusement park and is located on the South Carolina side of the theme park. Not only is the Intimidator the newest and one of the most thrilling coaster around, its also the fastest coaster in Southeastern United States.

    The Intimidator was announced on August 26th, 2009 and opened March 27th, 2010. The name Intimidator derives from the nickname of the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt. The Intimidator was built in 2010 and designed by a company called Bolliger and Mabillard or more commenly known as B&M, this company is a Swiss company so you can be sure that it is built and designed extremely well, B&M have been around since 1990 and have built 70+ coasters in their time so far, since their launch they have also pioneered some great ride technologies that have helped the Roller Coaster industry reach new limits.

    The ride starts out with a 232-foot (71 m) lift hill that has a 211-foot (64 m) drop angled at 74 degrees. At the bottom of this drop, the train reaches its top speed of 80 miles per hour (129 km/h) and pulls up into the second, 178-foot (54 m) hill, which has an overbanked turn on the drop. The train then pulls up a camelback hill, which is 151-foot (46 m) tall. On this hill, riders experience negative g-force, which results in a sensation known as “airtime”. The train then pulls into a 121-foot (37 m) panoramic u-turn. After the u-turn, there are two more camelback hills, which are 105-foot (32 m) and 90-foot (27 m). These hills are followed by the mid-course brake run. Following the brakes, the train pulls up another hill, which is 62-foot (19 m) and banks into a diving spiral. The train pulls up another 52-foot (16 m) hill, drops, and raises 48-foot (15 m) onto the final brake run. After the train slows, it curves to the left and pulls back into the station.

    If your looking for an amazing thrill with some great G-forces that threaten to rip your face off, then you have found the right coaster.

    Quick Info:

    Current Coaster Name: Intimidator
    Current Park Name: Carowinds
    Previous Park Names: Paramount’s Carowinds ( until 2006 ) Carowinds ( until 1992 )
    Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, 28273, United States
    Status: Operating since 1973
    Links: Official Website
    Cost: $23,000,000

    Technical Info:

    Type: Steel Hyper
    Status: Operating since 2010
    Designer: Bolliger and Mabillard
    Features: None
    Height: 232 feet
    Max Drop: 211 feet
    Max Speed: 80 mph
    Length: 5316 feet
    Inversions: 0
    Duration: 3.33
    Trains: 3
    Capacity: 1600 per hour

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  1. #1 Steve Walker says:
    June 19, 2012 at 03:32

    Rode the Intimidator for the first time this past Saturday, 6/16/12 and it’s absolutely the best ride at Carowinds. The first drop will take your breath, and the most air time of any coaster I’ve ever been on. Dale would have loved it!

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