Go-karts allow people to experience the thrill of driving without having to hear annoying radio ads or accidentally visit the World's Biggest Waffle. Stay on the grid with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $28 for a 14-lap racing session for two (a $52 total value)
- $55 for a 14-lap racing session for four (a $104 total value)
- $80 for a 14-lap racing session for six (a $156 total value)
After completing a safety-training course and receiving an annual racing license (a $6 value/person), each racer dons a helmet and tests their skills over 14 adrenaline-pumping laps (a $20 value/person). Must be 12 or older and at least 56" tall for adult karts; must be 6 or older and at least 48" tall for junior karts.
Oil stains, acrid gasoline smells, billowing clouds of exhaust—visitors won't find any of these at Speed Raceway. An indoor go-kart facility that employs as much eco-friendly technology as possible, the center's Italian-made OTL Storm Karts run entirely on electricity. But that doesn't mean they're lacking in horsepower. Each reaches speeds of up to 45 miles-per-hour, according to Philadelphia Magazine, which included Speed Raceway in its 2013 Best of Philly feature. With two European-style tracks, drivers can hit top speeds on straightaways before sliding around hairpin turns over 12 laps for kids or 14 laps for adults.
Despite the velocities reached, safety remains of paramount importance. Race officials use colored flags to communicate with the drivers: green means "race away," yellow means "ease up while a situation is being resolved," and teal means "hey, look at this teal flag I found in the closet." At the end of each race, every participant receives a printed results sheet complete with lap times and statistics.