Walt Disney World has confirmed that it will undertake a major overhaul of Epcot's Test Track, which will see Chevrolet vehicles and branding added to the ride.
The announcement had been widely expected, with Chevrolet-themed vehicles having been seen in testing on the ride as long ago as August 2011. Test Track is expected to close in April, reopening in Fall 2012, leaving Epcot without one of its most popular attractions throughout the busy summer season.
The ride's "test workshop"-style queue and pre-show area will also be updated, becoming the "Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot". In common with other recent queue upgrades at Disney parks, a number of interactive elements will be added. This will include terminals that will enable guests to create custom vehicle designs, which they can then "test" in the new SimCar ride vehicles. The post-show area, which previously featured cars from Chevrolet's parent company General Motors, will feature a selection of the latest Chevrolet vehicles.
Opened in 1999, Test Track takes guests through a simulated set of tests on a new car. It sees guests seated in mock cars as they traverse a set of low-speed indoor tests before racing at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour around an outdoor section.
General Motors has confirmed that it has renewed its sponsorship deal for Test Track, with the deal with Disney described as a "multi-year business relationship".