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Postby jarmor » Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:12 pm

coasterfan21 wrote:("Crossing my fingers" maybe B&M breaks their 230 ft barrier.)

We will all find out for sure tomorrow.


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Postby snapp0420 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:41 pm

I am pretty much be happy with getting a new coaster period. But would love it to be something cool :airtime:

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Postby coasterfan21 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:45 pm

^^ Lol :lolr: Don't forgot the 6"

Well then lets call it the 230ft stereotype.

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Postby PKI Jizzman » Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:16 pm

I'm curious to see what this turns out to be after hearing things.
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Postby Afterburn117 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:27 pm

Sorry if this has already been answered, but how are we sure this is a hyper we are getting? :?r
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Postby snapp0420 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:35 pm

^^ we don't know for sure, but is the announcement going to be televised live, like on a local channel or anything?

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Postby Afterburn117 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:37 pm

^ I bet it won't be live, but it will probably be on Fox.
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Postby steel » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:55 pm

I wonder how much whining there will be if it isn't 240'...
You're setting yourself up for a big disappointment if you are expecting the perfect ride.

Incidentally, does anyone know what time the information will be made public? As in on the Internet?

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Postby robbalvey » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:31 am

Carowinds announces Intimidator for the 2010 Season!

http://www.intimidator.carowinds.com/

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2009) — The skyline of Carowinds will drastically change for what will be a historic and record-breaking 2010 season, as the amusement park announces plans to debut the Intimidator™, the Southeast’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, in the Spring of 2010. Topping the list as the largest single capital investment in Carowinds 37-year history, the Intimidator™ is named in honor of NASCAR®’s most beloved driver, Dale Earnhardt, “The Intimidator.”

This massive attraction will stand 232-feet (23-stories) tall at its highest peak and send guests plunging down a 211-foot first drop at a 74-degree angle, reaching speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour. The second (178-feet) and third (151-feet) hills are also taller than any roller coaster at Carowinds. With 5,316 feet of track the Intimidator™ will feature high speed twists and turns including seven steep drops – one for each of his NASCAR® championships — and an intense finish through a diving spiral. The ride experience will last more than three minutes, and replicate the speed and intensity of a fast-paced NASCAR® race.

“The Intimidator™ will dominate the skyline and strongly position Carowinds as the thrill capital of the Southeast — the statistics speak for themselves,” said Bart Kinzel, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager. “This unprecedented addition represents the sizable commitment of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company toward building and expanding the product offering at Carowinds and solidifying us as the premier regional amusement park.”

The trains on the Intimidator™ will feature unique, open-air stadium-style seating with a simple T-bar style restraint that extends from the floor between the rider’s feet with the bar resting across the rider’s lap. These ‘side-less’ trains take away a feeling of protection for the riders and allows them to experience an unobstructed view of all the thrills and excitement of this record-breaking roller coaster. The trains will also be fashioned to mirror Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 RCR No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

“We’re excited to see this new roller coaster celebrate the speed, excitement and legendary career of Dale Earnhardt,” said Jeff Steiner, executive vice president and general manager of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. “There are millions of fans that still honor their racing hero and this is a very engaging and interactive way for them to connect with the spirit and passion of the Intimidator™.”

The 10-acre attraction will be located on the midway across from the entrance of Nighthawk and will race over the skyline of the Park from the north main entrance to the south entrance paralleling the guest parking lot. Featuring a bold red track and grey support structure, the Intimidator’s™ 232-foot lift will overshadow the Park’s skyline, dwarfing its neighboring roller coaster, Afterburn at 144-feet.

“The name Intimidator™ is significant of the most exciting, aggressive, and skilled driver to ever race on a NASCAR® track, Dale Earnhardt,” Kinzel said. “There is no better way to communicate the enormity of this ride than to give it a face that its riders can truly connect with. The Intimidator™ will include a heavily-themed midway, complete with a Victory Lane and a video tribute to Dale Earnhardt’s racing accomplishments.”

Guests will have the opportunity to see this historic ride being built from the ground up as they attend on operating days throughout the Fall. Those who cannot wait until 2010 may take a virtual ride on the Intimidator™, access exclusive updates, features, virtual renderings, ride statistics, and more at intimidator.carowinds.com.

Construction has already begun on this world-class roller coaster and will continue throughout the winter months. The Intimidator™ is expected to open to the public in the Spring of 2010.

The Intimidator™ is designed and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development and the same firm that brought Afterburn to Carowinds in 1999 and Vortex in 1992.

Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, CA under a management contract.


Ride Statsistics:
Track Length: 5,316'
Highest Peak: 232'
Height of First Drop: 211'
Angle of First Drop: 74°
Height of Other Hills: 178’, 151’, 105’, 90’, 62’, 52’, 48’
Total Drops: 8 (including initial drop)
Fastest Speed: 75-80 mph
Ride Time: 3 minutes, 33 seconds
Hourly Capacity:: 1,600 riders
Number of Trains: Three
Train Description: Each train has 8 cars with four seats per car (32-passenger)

Ride Structure: 3,391,200 lbs.
Track: 1,567,000 lbs.
Supports: 1,500,100 lbs.
Braking System: Combination of magnetic and friction brakes
Acres Covered: 10 acres
Manufacturer: Bolliger and Mabillard

Investment: $23 million

Scheduled Debut: Spring 2010
Ride Guidelines: Guests must be at least 54" tall

Trains:
The trains on Intimidator™ will feature unique, open-air stadium-style seating with a simple T-bar style restraint that extends from the floor between the rider’s feet with the bar resting across the rider’s lap. These 'side-less' trains take away a feeling of protection for the riders and allows them to experience an unobstructed view of all the thrills of this record-breaking roller coaster! The trains will also be fashioned to mirror Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 RCR No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

About the Designer:
Bolliger & Mabillard (more commonly known as B&M) is a roller coaster design consultancy based in Monthey, Switzerland. The company was founded in 1988 by Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard, with Bolliger acting as president and Mabillard as vice president. The company started with four employees and has since grown to more than 30 people, comprised primarily of engineers and draftsmen.

Since 1990, B&M has designed a number of ground-breaking and critically acclaimed roller coasters. In fact, B&M feature 20 of the top 50 roller coasters on the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards Top 50 Steel Coasters List for 2007, four of which are listed in the top 10. They have more coasters on the list than any other ride manufacturer.

B&M roller coasters are renowned for their smooth ride, comfortable seats and restraints, reliability, low maintenance, impeccable safety record and ride capacity.

B&M is the same firm that brought Afterburn to Carowinds in 1999 and Vortex in 1992

Keep up to date with the Intimidator Construction Blog:
http://www.intimidator.carowinds.com/pu ... /index.cfm

Want some Intimidator wallpapers for your desktop? Click here:
http://www.intimidator.carowinds.com/pu ... /index.cfm

You can even spy on Intimidator via the webcam!
http://www.intimidator.carowinds.com/pu ... /index.cfm

POV Rendering Video of Intimidator:

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OFFRIDE Rendering Video of Intimidator:

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The "Teaser" Video:

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