Happy Friday out there! It is time for the Friday Five Facts! This week’s topic is Test Track at Epcot in Walt Disney World!
Friday Five Facts – Test Track
1. Test Track is a car themed attraction at Epcot. The ride is a simulated excursion through the rigorous testing procedures that GM uses to evaluate its concept cars, and ending in a high-speed drive around the exterior of the attraction.
2. General Motors (GM) was the original sponsor of the attraction, but when it was refurbished in 2012, the ride re-opened with Chevrolet (a GM brand) as it’s sponsor rather than GM as a whole.
3. There is a pre-show area where guests “design” a new car for testing in the Chevrolet Design Center, then they will board Test Track’s existing six-passenger ride vehicles, to be known as “SimCars”, to see how their design fares on the Center’s driving course.
4. After riders board the sim-cars, the car that they designed will undergo four different tests: capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and power.
~ Capability test – the car first connects to OnStar, then accelerates past a rain/snow projection and skids out of control. Next, the sim-car turns around to speed up again. Then the sim-car makes a sharp left turn as a lighting bolt strikes. The car then passes by a futuristic city. Following the capability test, the results of which car designs scored the best in the test are displayed.
~ Efficiency test – In the first part, the sim-cars are scanned for “optimum eco-efficiency”. The second test performs an aero-dynamic test on the vehicle. Finally, a “hyper-spectrum imaging” takes place. Again, after the test is complete, the best scores are displayed.
~ Responsiveness test – The sim-car accelerates around hairpin turns with laser-projected trees. It then enters a tunnel and encounters an 18-wheeler. When the vehicle exits the tunnel, the results for the responsiveness test are displayed and all of the test icons are displayed.
~ Power test – the sim-car stops for a moment then accelerates through flashing purple arches to a wall with the ride’s logo on it leading to the outside portion of the ride. As the sim-car’s speed is increased, it makes a right turn, followed by a wide left, a straight section, and one final long left turn. When the test is complete, the vehicle returns to the loading station.
5. When you exit the ride, guests use the card that has their sim-car that they made in the Design Studio to play games in the “Chevrolet Showroom” where the people play games with their sim-car. Test Track exits into a themed gift shop featuring merchandise associated with the attraction. Guests could also view and purchase photos taken of their vehicle on the ride. There is also an area where there is a showroom of all new, prototype, or legendary GM vehicles.
What do you think of Epcot’s Test Track? Have you experienced it before? Too fast for you? Interesting to learn some of the testing that GM puts their vehicles through when designing a vehicle? Let me know your thoughts on this attraction in the comments below!
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