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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