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Kings Dominion is aiming to return its Intimidator 305 rollercoaster to its original top speed next season, according to a new report.

A post on the RCPro forum claims that the park is working to widen the diameter of Intimidator 305's first turn, in order to reduce the number of "blackouts" experienced by riders. This is consistent with evidence from previous photos and videos, which have shown that sections of the coaster have already been dismantled.

A number of Kings Dominion guests complained of the blackout sensation following Intimidator 305's opening on April 3, leading to the installation of trim brakes on the coaster's 300-feet, 94mph first drop. However, many riders have since claimed that the extreme forces exerted on them during the ride's first turn are still enough to cause blackouts.

In addition to the blackouts, the RCPro report claims that the stresses placed on Intimidator 305's trains during the first turn are causing the road wheels to wear out more quickly than expected. As with the blackouts, the solution to this problem lies in increasing the turn's diameter in order to lessen the forces exerted on the train and its riders.

If the reprofiling work proves successful, Kings Dominion should be able to return Intimidator 305 to its original top speed and to reinstate its marketing claim that the ride is "the fastest gravity-driven rollercoaster in North America". This would be achieved by removing the trim brakes from the first drop.

The high speed and intense twists and turns of Intimidator 305 are designed to mimic the experience of NASCAR driving, with the coaster's name being a tribute to 7-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt. It was the second NASCAR-themed coaster to open at a Cedar Fair park in 2010, with Carowinds opening its B&M-designed sister coaster, Intimidator, in March.

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In the many years of going to theme parks ( I love the thrill and can't never get enough of it ) I had never experienced a blackout. I went to KD in VA today and I got to know what it feels like. On the shockwave, my sister in law told us ( brother and cousins ) that her vision went black for a few seconds, that she didn't have strength to grab the metal bar and that she thought she was going to pass out.

It scared me for her because I know there is no roller coaster in the world that would make me black out- or so I believed. At the end of the day we went to the intimidator. We all sat down at the back. I had ridden this coaster last year many times with no problems. But today, in the curve following the drop hill my vision started to go black and white and I was feeling weak. It only lasted for 2 or 3 seconds but it shocked me.

All I kept thinking during the ride is please don't let me pass out, be unconscious or die right here!!!! As soon as it was over I immediately told her I had felt the same thing she did. To my surprise all of us but one blacked out.
I don't know what it is but as scared as I was I felt the urge to put my body through that again so we kept on going again and blacking out :) haha
Well, last one I didn't.
I am with the hardcore fans with this though. I like the thrill and now the blackout of this roller coaster. If you are too weak or can't stand it don't complain!!!! Ride something else. God damn it people ruin it for everyone.

In reply to by Daniel (not verified)

I rode the 305 9 times last year. I had a hazy, "blackout" moment the first time I rode it. Maybe it was the 5 rides on the Dominator, followed by 8 rides on the Grizzly that did it, or maybe it was just the G-forces.

I didn't have the experience the last 8 times that I rode it, and those 8 times were all in a row.

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