Psychiatrists claim that humans’ all-consuming need for speed supersedes their need for sleep, companionship, and brakes. Bypass your hierarchy of needs with today’s Groupon to Octane Raceway, formerly known as F1 Race Factory. Choose between the following options:
- For $21, you get a two-race package for one person (up to a $42.90 total value), which includes the following:
- Two 14- to 16-lap races (up to a $20.95 value each)
One head sock (a $1 value)<p>
- For $39, you get a race package for one or two people (up to an $85.80 total value), which includes:
- Four 14- to 16-lap races (up to a $20.95 value each)
- Two head socks (a $1 value each)
Within the cavernous confines of its supersized indoor kart facility, Octane Raceway’s track-masters place drivers inside high-speed karts to zip around two quarter-mile tracks. Courting couples and speed daters first suit up in provided aerodynamic helmets and stylish-but-optional race suits, then slip inside one of 32 Sodi RX7 European racing karts that can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour for a 12- to 16-lap race. Competing companions check their stats through the track’s state-of-the-art timing system, which displays finishing place, best lap, and average lap time on televisions and printouts of results that allow victory to be literally shoved in their date’s face.
Would-be racers are advised to consult the FAQ for driver requirements and check the calendar to find open racing times that don’t conflict with their thoroughbred millipedes’ steeplechase competitions. Octane Raceway strongly encourages customers to call ahead for weekend races.
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.