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Radiator Springs Racers track nears completion at Disney's California Adventure

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The first cars could soon be racing round the Radiator Springs circuit. Image © 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved

A new report suggests that installation of the track for the $200 million Radiator Springs Racers attraction at Disney's California Adventure is nearly complete.

Renowned Disney author David Koenig reveals in the report on MousePlanet that the track for the ride is likely to be completed within the next 2 weeks, enabling the first test cars to travel around the circuit. However, the ride is still some way from opening with extensive theming required before it debuts in 2012 as the centrepiece of the new Cars Land area of the park.

The ride is based on Pixar's 2006 animated movie Cars, which is set to receive a sequel in 2011. It uses the same ride system as Epcot's Test Track, which launches riders in mock cars at speeds of close to 65mph. However, Radiator Springs Racers will also feature advanced animatronic cars with animated eyes and mouths, simulating the characters from the movies.

When the track is complete, construction will begin on the theming for the ride. This will include elaborate rockwork, which will be used to recreate the desert location of the Radiator Springs town of the original movie. Cars Land will also house Luigi's Flying Tires (similar to the now-closed Flying Saucers ride at Disneyland) and family attraction Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.

Disney is investing $1.1 billion into updating Disney's California Adventure, which will see a number of attraction upgrades and additions over the next 2 years. This will include Cars Land, the World of Color nighttime show and new E-Ticket attraction The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

A video render of Radiator Springs Racers, revealed at last year's D23 Expo, is embedded below.

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