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|At A Glance
||High speed thrill ride, well
themed with some unexpected indoor surprises. Min height 40
inches, Under 7s must be accompanied by an adult, no back,
heart or neck problems, pregnant women advised aganst riding.
The new Test Track attraction at Epcot officially opened on March
After loading into the Test vehicle (which holds up to six people)
the ride starts with a small corner as the car leaves the loading
area. Next comes the hill climbing test as with tires squealing
and engines roaring the ride vehicles climb up a steep three-story
ascent, and into the main testing area.
The first test in the main area is the Suspension test
as the vehicle heads downhill over a series of harsh road surfaces
includign bricks, cobbles etc.
The Brake test follows the suspension test, as the vehicle
skids around the first time without ABS and then slows under control
The Ride handling test comes next with an uphill climb
around tight curves and fake scenery, each curve being takes a
little faster than the previous one. The vehicle then heads back
down a small hill and into the next series of test.
Following the handling test is the Environmental chamber test
in a series of enclosed environmental chambers, the vehicles are
exposed to heat in one chanber followed by cold in the next, and
then a corrosive area where the vehicle is sprayed with a fine
mist which contains some unusual smells (some people have likened
it to the smell of battery acid).
The penultimite (suprise) test is the Barrier or Crash test
where the vehicle hurtles towards an immovable barrier at high
speed. The feeling of anxiety is heightened if you've seen the
full pre-show where the vehicle crashes into a solid barrier.
In the ride, the vehicle approaches the barrier where at the
last minute the doors open and the vehicle heads outside onto
the main speed test. (Note photographs are taken at this point
for later amusement).
During the High speed test around the outside of the building,
the vehicle reaches speeds of up to 65 mph on the banked track.
Heading back inside, vehicles are tested on a thermal imager,
a device that will allow guests to see the areas of heat generated
on the vehicles - and guests - during testing.
Test Track Trivia
- The track weighs 3 million pounds
- There are 34 turns on the track
- There are 85 road signs along the track
- Each year, ride vehicles will travel 50,000 miles
- The angle of the track when the vehicles ride around the outside
of the building is 48 degrees, which is steeper than the drop
on Splash Mountain.