What You'll Get
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: for $44, you get four races (up to an $83.80 value) and a required head sock for each racer (up to a $4 value) at Octane Raceway, formerly known as F1 Race Factory (up to a $87.80 total value). Races can be used by one individual or shared with one other person.
Within the cavernous confines of their supersized indoor kart facility, Octane Raceway’s track masters place racers ages 10 and older inside high-speed karts to zip around two quarter-mile tracks. Speed demons first suit up in provided aerodynamic helmets and stylish-but-optional race suits, then slip inside one of 32 Sodi RX7 European racing karts for a 12- to 16-lap race at speeds that may top 45 mph. Racers can check 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 opponents' faces.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 17, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 addl as gifts. Adult kart drivers must be 16 or older with valid photo ID. Junior drivers must be 10+ years. Under 18 must be accompanied by guardian, or have a notarized minor release. All drivers must sign waiver, be 54" or taller, and have closed toe shoes. Not valid with group events or birthday parties. May split Groupon between 2 people. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Octane Raceway
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.