Before the invention of go-karts, humans were forced to run around winding tracks and ride their dogs to the refrigerator. Enjoy modern mobility with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two sprint-kart races for one person or one race each for two people at Speedworld Indoor Kart Track (a $20 value).
Inside Speedworld's air-conditioned, 27,500-square-foot facility, sprint karts accelerate racers to speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour. Skilled speed-guides instruct drivers on proper kart operation and then outfit them with full-faced helmets and optional safety glasses. Aluminum race wheels and improperly secured top hats spin as up to 12 karts fly across nearly 0.25 kilometres of track, wrapping around nine challenging turns, including sweepers, S curves, and 90-degree bends. Four-piston caliper disk brakes help drivers navigate hairpin direction changes and avoid collisions with pylons or stacked tire barriers. After the checkered flag falls, drivers can request a printout from the ChronX system, an automatic race monitor that delivers each karter key statistics, such as average speed, lap times, and final race standing. Patrons can also attend "Black Light Glow Racing" every Monday and Tuesday to show off shining carts, clothing, and wind up teeth as they race around the track.
Friends and family spy every driver's race-winning pass and parallel-park job from behind the viewing area's floor-to-ceiling windows and insulated walls. Reflecting Speedworld's commitment to safety, kart-care experts test each kart weekly and make over motors during daily general-maintenance sessions.
A quarter-kilometre track serves as Speedworld’s centerpiece, goading drivers around nine turns ranging from wide sweeping bends to hairpin curves. The straightaways allow easy passing for the track’s fleet of vehicles, which include sprint cars that accelerate up to 40 km/h and race karts that max out at 50 km/h. 13-horsepower Honda engines power the cars and propel drivers across the finish line as the ChronX automatic timing system documents their journey more swiftly than an hourglass containing only one grain of sand.
Outside the driver’s seat, visitors can cheer on other racers from a viewing area framed in floor-to-ceiling windows and sound-insulated walls that block out the sound of rival fans cheering from the track. A mezzanine area outfitted with a refrigerator and microwave can seat parties of 7–30, rendering it an ideal venue for birthday parties, corporate events, or car-eating truck-rally monsters trying to stick to their diets.