Intimidator at Carowinds – Drivers Start Your Engine

Intimidator is a B&M Hyper coaster at Carowinds! Not to be confused with Intimidator 305 which is located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. The ride is themed to Don Earnhart and the slogan for the ride is “Drivers Start Your Engine”. This is one of my favorite hyper coasters and I enjoy it very much!

Intimidator is located at Carowinds, a Cedar Fair owned amusement park located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The cool part about this park is that it is also in part of South Carolina! It’s a very rare characteristic! Now, onto the ride:

The ride opened in 2010 and to be specific, March 27th which is around Carowinds’ opening day currently, but one week earlier the park is now opened up for the season. Like all B&M rides, this had a cost of $23 million dollars to manufacture and construct!

The Don Earnhart, Inc signed an agreement with Carowinds to issue rights to use their name and theming as a part of the ride. It has been rumored that the ride would have a name change when the merchandise of the ride was on sale. Nothing has happened as of the 2018 season, but we will have to wait and see.

The station and train look very cool and I have to say, out of most Cedar Fair parks this ride has more than just a little theming. It has a few more elements than most rides!

When you leave the station, you ascend 232 feet into the air and drop 211 feet. While riding you reach a top speed of 75 miles per hour! There are a lot of camelback hills which provide tons of floater and ejector airtime for coaster enthusiasts!

The ride lasts longer than Fury 325, another popular coaster at Carowinds, at 3 minutes and 33 seconds. The drop’s angle of descent is 74 degrees. You will go 5,316 feet from the station through different elements on this ride!

The G-force on this ride is a 4.3. This ride is more on the intense side. This ride has no inversions just like other hyper coasters and you must be 54 inches or 4’6′ to ride this.

There are 3 trains with 8 cars per train. The ride operates with three open-air stadium style steel & fiberglass trains. There are 4 seats in every 8 cars on the train, making 32 passengers per full train.

Intimidator descending 211 feet at a 74-degree angle! Photo by Carowinds


2 thoughts on “Intimidator at Carowinds – Drivers Start Your Engine

  1. Between Intimidator, Goliath (Over Georgia), and Mako, I can never decide which Hyper is my favorite. All three are great rides and all three feel different to me. Intimidator is such a great ride. Easily one of the smoothest coasters I have ever ridden, and I have ridden it several times.

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