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. Choose between the following options:
- For $21, you get a two-race package for one with two races of 14–16 laps and one head sock (up to a $42.90 total value).
- For $39, you get a four-race package for up to two with four races of 14–16 laps and two head socks (up to an $85.80 total value).<p>
Within the cavernous confines of its supersized indoor go-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 12–16 laps. 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.
Though Octane Raceway sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
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.