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.
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
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