Model: Test Track ride car
Line: Single car line, Disney World exclusive
eBay Link: Disney Test Track Car
Why it’s in my collection: I don’t know about you, but as a diecast collector I’m always on the lookout for new, interesting cars I don’t have – especially while on vacation. New stores and shops from outside the usual hunting grounds can yield some exciting new finds, or can be complete busts…but that’s the thrill of the hunt! Often times the gift shops of most museums or tourist areas don’t have any diecast, or if they do, they are shoddy or overpriced pullback cars with odd themes — so you can imagine my surprise when I came across this little 1/64th gem at a Walt Disney World gift shop. Enter the Test Track ride car.
Test Track is a ride in the Future World portion of the Epcot Center, which is nestled inside the massive Walt Disney World complex in Florida. The ride itself is pretty unique, and is best explained by the folks at Disney:
“Cruise over to the gleaming Chevrolet Design Center to create your own virtual concept car. When you’re done, buckle up in a 6-passenger “SIM Car” and take it for an exhilarating spin on the test track.
Rev through rough terrain and obstacles along the winding circuit. Accelerate through straightaways, maneuver switchbacks through inclement weather, hug curves banked at 50-degree angles and scale hills up to 3 stories high.
Reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour as you put your car through its paces. After each test, check the scoreboard to see how your vehicle performed!”
As you can tell from the photo above, the 1/64th scale version looks a lot like the actual car. It has a very similar cyber-themed paint job (that reminds me of TRON), basic gray steel wheels, and proper Chevy markings. No real riders here: those babies are hard plastic but actually roll quite well.
The ride opened in 1999 and was initially sponsored by GM. The cars wore an almost Crash Dummies-style white and yellow-checkered paint job up until about 2013, when they switched the sponsorship to Chevy. The cars were then revamped and themed in their current blue cyber look. The body style was kept the same and includes a huge front window and amble seating for six thrill-seekers. The diecast version’s interior is pretty true to the real-life cars as they have six detailed seats and an array of dash components, albeit unpainted.
Chevy logos are on the front and rear of the car but don’t overwhelm the fluid design of the lighter blue lines. It’s a pretty tasteful look! The car itself is a “fantasy” car, but looks like some weird combination of a Tesla model X and a Chevy Bolt. It’s a little ugly, a little cool, and would be awesome to own in real life. Six seats, low cut door line, and an open roof? That’s a recipe for fun now matter who’s driving 🏁
Unboxing video and roll test: