This B&M hypercoaster at Carowinds has been consistently ranked among the top steel coasters in the USA and deservedly so. Themed after NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, it has a total capacity of 32 riders arranged in 8 rows seating 4 across, with staggered seating. The restraints consist of a lap bar and seat belt.
From the loading station the train ascends a 232-foot chain lift hill and drops 211 feet at a 74-degree angle. It then navigates a 178-foot camelback hill and turns right before traveling over a second camelback hill of 151 feet. This is followed by a U-turn and two more hills – 105 and 90 feet, respectively – before the brake run. From there it’s another camelback hill, right turn into a diving spiral and two more, smaller camelback hills.
The initial drop is blissfully breathtaking and the remainder of the ride does not disappoint. The sharp turns offer ejector airtime and the numerous hills offer good floater airtime. There is never a dull moment. And as would be expected from this design, the ride is exceptionally smooth.
Intimidator is a world-class coaster certain to thrill anyone who rides it. 5 out of 5 stars. For more information about rides at Carowinds, visit https://www.carowinds.com/