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Radiator Springs Racers test vehicle image

Disney has released the first photographs of the ride vehicles for the $200 million Radiator Springs Racers attraction at Disney's California Adventure, as testing of the ride system gets underway.

The images show a realistic vehicle designed to resemble Lightning McQueen from Pixar's animated Cars movies, upon which the new attraction is based. Hidden from view are the car's "eyes", which along with the clearly visible mouth are expected to move as the cars talk to guests and each other.

Radiator Springs Racers test vehicle 1

Image © 2010 Disney

Radiator Springs Racers test vehicle 2

Image © 2010 Disney

Disney also revealed that testing of Radiator Spring Racers will begin this week, after the ride's track was completed. However, the attraction is not due to open until 2012 and extensive theming is required before it debuts as the centrepiece of the new Cars Land area of Disney's California Adventure.

The new attraction uses the same ride system as Epcot's Test Track, which launches riders in mock cars at speeds of close to 65mph. It will take guests on a journey through the fictional Radiator Springs town from the original 2006 Cars movie, which is set to receive a sequel in 2011. The elaborate theming is expected to include extensive rockwork, which will be used to recreate the desert location of the town.

Disney has already revealed some details of the ride's storyline, with the popular Mater character taking guests on a "cow-tipping trip" as seen in the first film. They will then face-off against another car, with the two racing side-by-side in a high-speed finish.

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

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