|Park section||Celebration Plaza|
|Opening date||March 27, 2010|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Track layout||Out and back|
|Lift/launch system||Lift hill|
|Height||232 ft (71 m)|
|Drop||211 ft (64 m)|
|Length||5,316 ft (1,620 m)|
|Speed||75 mph (121 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||74°|
|Capacity||1,600 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||54 in (137 cm)|
|Trains||3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.|
Fast Lane available
|Intimidator at RCDB|
Pictures of Intimidator at RCDB
Intimidator is a steel roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. The roller coaster is located in the Celebration Plaza section of the park. Intimidator is the thirteenth roller coaster installed at Carowinds and is located on the site of the former Carowinds River Adventure near the entrance of the theme park. It is currently one of the tallest, fastest and longest roller coasters in the Southeast with a 232-foot (71 m) lift hill, a top speed of 75 mph (121 km/h) and a track length of 5,316 feet (1,620 m). It was announced on August 26, 2009, and opened March 27, 2010. The roller coaster's name comes from the nickname of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.
Construction on Intimidator began during the summer of 2009 with land clearing and footings being constructed. Track pieces first began to arrive at Carowinds on August 7, 2009. About 3 weeks later, Intimidator was officially announced on August 26, 2009, by Carowinds. Along with the announcement, Carowinds reached a licensing agreement with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to utilize NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt's brand as part of the ride. One of Earnhardt's sons, Kerry Earnhardt, was on-hand for the press conference announcing the attraction and endorsed the ride on behalf of the family.
The first supports and track for Intimidator were installed on September 1, 2009. The lift hill was erected on October 1, 2009, and was completed on October 13, 2009. In order to install the last lift piece, 3 cranes were required. Construction on the roller coaster layout continued through November and December with the final track piece installed on December 21, 2009. Construction on the station, mechanics, and landscaping of Intimidator took place during the months of January and February. On February 4, 2010, testing of Intimidator commenced. The new roller coaster officially opened to the public on March 27, 2010.
On January 14, 2010, Carowinds launched a "First Rider Auction" in which people from anywhere in the world would bid against each other in order to be one of the first public riders on Intimidator, with ninety–six seats being made available to bid on. The bidders that fell in the top 96 were given the opportunity to be the first public riders on Intimidator on March 27, 2010, before the ride opened to the general public. All money raised during the auction went to the Dale Earnhardt Foundation. The highest bid for a single seat was US$500.
Intimidator features eight drops, seven camelback hills, a panoramic u-turn, and a diving spiral. One cycle lasts about 3 minutes and 33 seconds.
Before the train leaves the station, a short message is played, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" After departing from the station, the train heads straight to the chain lift hill. Once the train reaches the top of the 232-foot (71 m) lift, it drops 211 feet (64 m) at a 74 degree angle reaching speeds of up to 75 mph (121 km/h). Following the first drop, the train then goes over the first camelback hill which stands at 178 feet (54 m) tall. After the camelback hill, the train makes a sharp right hand turn back to the ground followed by a left hand turn. After the turn, the train goes over the second camelback hill which is 151 feet (46 m) tall. Following the hill, the train enters a 121-foot (37 m) hammerhead turn. The train then goes over a third 105-foot (32 m) camelback hill, immediately followed by another camelback hill at 90 feet (27 m). Next, the train makes a left hand turn into the mid-course brake run which slows the train down. After the train exits the brake run, it goes over the fifth camelback hill which stands at 62 feet (19 m) and makes a sharp right hand turn into an element known as a Diving Spiral. The train goes through two more camelback hills standing at 52 feet (16 m) and 48 feet (15 m), respectively, before entering the final brake run which leads into the station.
Intimidator operates with three open-air stadium style steel and fiberglass trains. Each train has eight cars that have four seats each for a total of 32 riders per train. Additionally, the trains are themed after Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 RCR No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The structure of the trains are colored red and black, with gray seats and black clam shell restraints.
The steel track is 5,316 feet (1,620 m) in length and the height of the lift is approximately 232 feet (71 m). The angle of the first descent is approximately 74 degrees. Also, the roller coaster includes trim brakes and magnetic brakes for speed control. In 2020, the track was repainted.
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|Golden Ticket Awards: Best New Ride for 2010|