Today’s deal satisfies Formula One wannabes and speedsters with a trio of karting trials and the required headsock at F1 Race Factory. For $33, you and up to two friends can zip around indoor tracks at one of the largest indoor kart-racing and entertainment venues in the country (a $59–$69 value depending on driver age and how many people). You can use all three races on yourself or share them with two friends.
This kart kingdom takes racing seriously: it has hosted the Indoor Kart World Championships three years running and has two quarter-mile tracks in its 113,000 square feet of space. First, you’ll gear up in aerodynamic helmets and stylish-but-optional race suits, then slip inside one of 32 new Sodi RX7 European racing karts. With each race, you'll complete 12 to 16 laps at speeds of more than 45 mph while competing against up to 10 karts per race. Keep track of stats via the club’s state-of-the-art timing system—scores including finishing place, best lap, and average lap will be broadcast on surrounding televisions and documented on print-out result sheets to log progress and to allow victory to be both metaphorically and literally shoved in opponents' faces.
Refuel after the races and stop by F1’s Trackside Bar & Grill. The menu serves up standard bar fare including pizzas, burgers, and wraps. F1 opens daily at 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. the rest of the week, and stays open late. You can also check out off-track entertainment including billiards, rock climbing, or arcade games.
Karting is perfect for a group of speed-lusting friends, a fast-paced bachelorette party, or celebrating a successful space-shuttle launch. Unleash the driving spirit inside you and live a high-adrenaline lifestyle without working as a commercial trucker. See here for driver requirements and here for a calendar.
Though F1 Race Factory sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
The Phoenix New Times selected F1 Race Factory as the Best Go-Kart Racing in 2010 and 2008, and their readers voted it Best Indoor Kart Racing in 2008. ExperienceAZ named F1 Race Factory a Reader's Choice winner. Ranking Arizona 2011 named F1 Race Factory the state's Top Amusement Venue. More than 10 Sixteen Yelpers give it a four-star average.
It's hard to say which is more distinctive: the karts zipping around Octane Raceway or the track itself. During each lap on the 1/3-mile course, drivers zoom through an indoor area, then weave around an outdoor section that's covered by a permanent steel canopy, making for a hybrid experience rarely found in American go-kart tracks not owned by bored supervillains.
An equally rare find in the U.S. is the raceway's fleet of 32 Sodi RTX karts, all imported from France, whose electric motors give off zero emissions while reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Drivers who can stay in control at these top speeds are in for success: the winner of each race is determined not by who finishes a given number of laps first, but by who puts up the fastest single lap time, a result that's posted both at the track and online for posterity.
Races take place in a 65,000-square-foot space that doubles as a gathering place for parties and corporate events for up to 500 attendees. In addition to racing, the raceway is also home to off-track activities that include shooting zombies in their new velocity VR attraction, mini bowling, arcade games, and melting burgers and pizza into rocket fuel at the Brickyard Grill.