What You'll Get
Henry Ford's famed Model T automobile was a happy accident, born from unclear size specifications on a mock-up of a "go-horseless carriage." Achieve Ford's original automotive ambitions with today's Groupon: for $18, you get two races and one fountain soda with free refills at Kart 2 Kart (a $36 value).
After 10 years in business, Kart 2 Kart, voted Best Amusement in 2009 by CityVoters and Best Indoor Go-Cart Racing by the Detroit News, continues to facilitate leaden feet with pedal-pressing entertainment.
Kart 2 Kart generates joyride jollies rain or shine on its safe, climate-controlled track. With top speeds of 35 mph, racers feel the wind in their helmet-covered hair while navigating Kart 2 Kart's six-turn, 1/5-mile track of textured concrete for two eight-minute races (a $17 value each). Rubber-tire screechers enjoy 16 total minutes of g-forces and power, supervised by a computerized timing system that robo rejects any bribes uploaded into its mainframe.
After curve conquerors come to a halt, a soda with free refills (a $2 value) sweats in anticipation of its impending consumption. Before stepping behind the wheel, all drivers must attend a drivers' briefing. Safety equipment is provided, though drivers must bring their own steely resolve and iron breastplates to successfully vanquish competitors.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 12, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for open practice race sessions. Subject to availability. Must be 16 or older. Must be 5 feet or taller. Must sign waiver. Must wear closed-toe shoes. Not valid for reservations, group events, league races/endurance races, or special events. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Kart 2 Kart
The 300-foot straightaway comes to an end in one of six wheel-testing curves. The Honda 6.5-horsepower engine hums in anticipation. The moment foot touches pedal, hydraulic brakes give their answer and the racing wheels cling to the textured concrete as the go-kart deftly whips through the turn. Coming up on the end of an eight-minute streak of adrenaline, racers zip past the final stretch of the 1/5-mile race track, tearing ahead of each other as the computerized timing system clocks each score to fuel future bragging rights and rematch challenges.
From Kart 2 Kart's café and bar, applause rises as family, friends, and opponents sizing up the competition send their appreciation down to the track, which they've been watching as they nosh on a selection of snacks and beverages. Juniors, meanwhile, wait their turn to hit the blacktop in age-appropriate Formula-K karts. Before strapping in, all racers receive instruction and a safety lesson, during which they learn how to operate the equipment, then strive to set records that can earn them a spot on the website's scoreboard.