- Go karting |
- Karting |
Go-karting involves racing against the clock and other drivers around an indoor or outdoor circuit in small, suspensionless vehicles. The one-man, open-wheeled vehicles have just two pedals, the accelerator and the brake, making go-karting extremely easy to get the hang of. Go-karts can be either electric or petrol-powered, with the latter being the faster option but only suitable for outdoor tracks. Karts have four wheels, are fairly wide and sit very close to the ground. Thanks to their low centre of gravity, cornering is very safe and drivers are more likely to spin around than flip over.
Often seen as a platform from which youngsters can progress through the ranks to Formula 1, go-karting is the perfect stepping stone to getting into motorsports, but equally can be enjoyed as a fun family day out. Because the karts are open to the elements, it’s worth planning ahead to find an indoor or outdoor circuit depending on the weather and how long you’re planning to spend out on the track. Having said this, drivers will often be kitted out with a full-body jumpsuit, just like real rally drivers, and a protective helmet or set of goggles.
Before taking to the track, drivers will be given a full safety briefing, an explanation of the rules including the number of laps to complete, and shown how to use the kart. In general, you will be racing against other drivers in one of three situations – sprints, endurance or speedway. Sprint tracks are most common in the UK, racing around a short course and involving overtaking and other such tactics. Endurance races last much longer – anywhere from 30 minutes to a whole day, and speedway involves drivers racing around asphalt or clay oval tracks over a set number of laps.
Thanks to its competitive nature, go-karting is a top choice for team building days and birthday parties. Fancy giving it a go? Find a location near you below.