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 $20, you get a go-kart outing for two at Malibu Raceway in Beaverton (up to a $41.50 total value). The go-kart outing includes:
- Two five-lap racing packages (up to a $17.25 value each). The laps are valid only for one-passenger go-karts.
- Two photo racing licenses (a $3.50 value each). Each license comes with a free lap. <p>
Malibu Raceway’s outdoor track tests drivers’ courage and precision-steering ability with half a mile of sharp turns. Visitors with state-issued driver’s licenses (or Malibu Raceway Car Control Clinic graduates 14 and older) can spend a total of six laps flying around the course in the Indy-style Virage. Designed like a Formula racecar, the winged vehicle features an 18-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine capable of producing speeds up to 60 miles per hour and a fully independent wishbone suspension crafted from the ribcage of a robotic turkey. Younger racerfolk, at least 4 feet 6 inches tall, can get behind the wheel of the 9-horsepower Sprint and rocket down the track while securely strapped in with a four-point, race-style harness. Customers who already own a Malibu photo racing license receive an extra lap with this Groupon in lieu of another license, giving them a total of seven laps to learn the difference between the accelerator and a gecko shaped like the accelerator.
While many go-karts look like miniature versions of Formula racecars, the similarities usually stop there. This isn’t the case at Malibu Raceway. Atop a fully independent wishbone-suspension design, Malibu’s Indy-style Virage rumbles with an 18-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine inspired by its professional, full-sized brethren. Youngsters that didn’t get Playskool’s My First I.D. Forger for Christmas can whiz around the half-mile outdoor track in a 9-horsepower Sprint kart, which keeps little riders safely strapped in with a four-point, race-style harness. Blinking battalions of arcade machines stand guard over a game room underscored by the din of clacking pool balls, and a snack bar sates cravings with corn dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn.