Before the stress of 60-hour weeks and indoor plumbing, Americans left work to compete in competitive go-karting. For $12, today's Groupon lets you return to a simpler time with a time trial run of go-karting at LeMans Karting in Fremont (a $25 value). Call ahead for reservations.
Feel the thrill of speed, power of velocity, and subversion of regular traffic laws on a curvy and swervy course. LeMans uses Sodi RX7 go-karts that run up to 40 miles per hour, which is faster than most animals and the speed of crying. Speed junkies discover a vehicle's chops in a race for your fastest time, completing up to 20 laps. The road buckles under the pressure of up to 10 other drivers, an excellent way to acclimate to the road and the latest bumper sticker trends. Since all karts at LeMans are created equal, skill is what separates the great drivers from the slightly-less-than-great drivers.
Go-karting is perfect for a group of speed-lusting friends, a fast-paced bachelorette party, or the celebration of a successful space-shuttle launch. All racers who are 18 or older must present a valid driver’s license, and 12–17-year-olds must first pass the training education of the Junior Racer's Program ($50). Unleash the driving spirit inside you and live a high-adrenaline lifestyle without working as a commercial trucker.
- I've been going to LeMans for about 2 years now, and I can honestly say that I LOVE this place! The staff has always been incredibly accommodating; they're such warm and welcoming people. – Olivia M., Yelp, 3/1/11
LeMans Karting helps visitors satisfy their needs for speed, safety, and social interaction. Nine-horsepower SODI RX 7 karts take drivers soaring at speeds of up to 42 mph across indoor and outdoor tracks as they compete for the fastest finish. High-grip track surfaces help drivers reach top speeds, and high-visibility lighting and flagmen keep everyone safe as they round corners and pass other drivers on the wide course. On certain days, the staff connects the indoor and outdoor track into a single, giant mega track that hosts extended races when it’s not busy fighting Godzilla.
LeMans Karting also offers endurance racing for drivers who want to sharpen their driving skills or land a job as Vin Diesel’s chauffer. The center also offers private parties for birthdays and bachelor parties and can help plan charity or corporate events.