Henry Ford's famed Model T automobile was a happy accident, born from unclear size specifications on a mockup 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).
Kart 2 Kart's climate-controlled track fills leaden feet with pedal-pressing entertainment in rain or shine. 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.
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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.