Intimidator is a steel roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard at Carowinds in both North and South Carolina. The roller coaster is located in the Carowinds Plaza section of the park. Intimidator is the thirteenth roller coaster installed at Carowinds and is located 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 80 miles per hour (130 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 the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.
Before the train leaves the station, a short message is played, "Gentleman, 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 back down to the ground on a 74 degree angle reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour (130 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) panoramic u-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.
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Model Hyper Coaster
Track layout Steel
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 4 ft 6 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.