GM And Disney Re-Design Epcot’s “Test Track”, Introduces Plug-Ins And Hybrids
GM and Disney first opened Test Track in 1999, a ride which replaced what was the “World of Motion”, and it quickly became a park favorite.
Unfortunately, if you had gone in it over the past 3-4 years it was getting a little dated, and the message it was sending was becoming blurred.
An earlier heavy bias to Pontiac and Saturn products did not make a lot of sense after the company discontinued those brands during GM’s bankruptcy in 2009, so a hodge-podge of designs and vehicles made its way into the attraction thereafter.
Now GM and Disney have shuttered the ride to do a complete overhaul. Soon in its place will be all the latest cutting edge technology, concepts and a Chevrolet theme that more fits the company’s contempory, but environmentally friendly future.
Enter concepts like the Chevrolet EN-V, a 2 seat urban concept vehicle that can park itself, as well as drive to you by itself when you call on it; all on electric power. The EN-V 2.0 has a 40 km (25 mile range) as well as a 40 km (25 mph) top speed.
Also, confirmed for attendence is the Chevrolet Volt and the concept Chevrolet Miray.
The Miray is a “future tech” vehicle thats powertrain consists of two electric motors up front, each producing 15 kW (20 bhp), coupled with a 1.5 liter four-cylinder turbo engine driving the back. Power for the electric motors is provided via a 1.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack recharged through regenerative braking.
Eric Jacobson, senior vice president, Walt Disney Imagineering on the new attraction:
“The re-imagined Test Track portrays an optimistic view of the future, and reflects the deep collaboration between Disney and Chevrolet on both the design and the overall experience. It’s a thrilling attraction supported by rich exhibit displays and interactive elements that bring guests directly into the design process – with a few surprises thrown in.”
GM says it has been working on this new collaboration for about 18 months, and Test Track will re-open on December 6th, 2012.