When Eisenhower designed the Interstate Highway system, he envisioned a lawless, death-race arena where only the fastest could avoid being killed by mechanical gulls. Experience a thrilling fraction of his racing dream with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a Formula One go-kart-racing package, which includes two high-speed individual go-kart races, transportation from a central location in midtown Manhattan, and appetizers and beverages (a $125 value) at Velocity 17 in Maywood, New Jersey. Velocity 17 buses will depart from midtown Manhattan at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings, though Groupon buyers can also drive themselves as long as they inform Velocity 17 upon making their reservation.
Featuring a 2,000-foot-long spaghetti-style racing track designed by Formula One professionals, Velocity 17 entertains amateur Andrettis with a slew of adrenaline-pumping amenities. After being bused from Manhattan, racers are fitted with a helmet, protective gear, and a onesie featuring up to 30 sponsorship decals before taking to the indoor streets for two Formula One races. The 3-mile-long races pit up to 10 contestants against each other in an excitement-fueled contest of high-speed driving and hairpin-turns. Like any true auto-gunning contest, the results from the first heat determine grid position in the winner-take all second race, with pride and a one-time exemption from New York City speeding tickets on the line. Adding to the competitive intensity, each kart is equipped with an electronic transponder that provides a printout of lap times, stats, and daily horoscopes, encouraging speedsters to analyze and improve their performance between races.
Velocity 17's electric-powered Bowman Storm karts reach velocities of up to 30 miles per hour, which is amplified by an open-air design and a seating carriage resting a mere 2 inches above the ground. To sate race-starved bellies and parched throats, the track will serve a complimentary buffet of brandied, seared baby-back ribs and beverages, refueling human tanks with enough energy to explore the center's other activities or attempt to race the bus home.
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