Go-karts allow people to experience the thrill of driving without having to hear radio ads for pungent soaps or look at four empty seats that remind them of the time someone stole their family of mannequins. Keep thrills pure with today's Groupon: for $44, you get a race package at K1 Speed's new location in Santa Clara (up to a $91.90 value). The package includes:
- Four Arrive & Drive races, which can be used by one or two people (up to an $80 value)
- Annual race licenses for two people (an $11.90 value)
K1 Speed houses some of the area's largest indoor go-kart racing, pitting drivers of any size against one another in European electric karts that zip over an indoor road course. Wheel wranglers enter raceways with goals of clocking their best times against friends, other halves, and lead-footed strangers. K1 Speed uses a live ProScore system that stacks finishing digits against other trekkers, allowing licensed riders to check their weekly and monthly online rankings. During each 10-minute race, riders hone their racing techniques with up to 12 other drivers. In addition to the four races, licensed speed seekers receive a complimentary ride on their birthdays to keep their gears well oiled into the year ahead, as well as use of K1 Speed’s helmets and head socks.
Though K1 Speed sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
With hands gripped to the wheels of karts capable of cresting 45 miles per hour, up to 12 racers hum around the hairpin turns and straightaways of K1 Speed's indoor track during adrenaline-spiking sprints toward the podium. This brand of excitement can be found at all 18 locations, where racers eschew the fumes and inflammatory skywriting of gas kart exhaust for European, eco-friendly electric karts designed to instantly accelerate out of curves, which are bordered by safety barriers that absorb impacts.