The Dodge Viper has been a hit with auto enthusiasts ever since it was introduced nearly 20 years ago, and for good reason! The large displacement V10 engine develops a huge amount of horsepower and torque and the exterior styling is unmistakable. Though the Corvette has always been a bit more affordable and perhaps a bit more user friendly as well, the Viper can lay claim to the title of America’s premier supercar with little debate! With a noteworthy and successful racing history ranging from Le Mans 24 Hour wins to ALMS wins at Daytona and Sebring and endurance wins at the Nurburgring and famous Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the Viper has proven itself capable of going head-to-head with some of the biggest names in motorsport!
It was bittersweet seeing this Dodge Viper RT-10 at our K1 Speed Torrance indoor karting center in Los Angeles, California, as the future of the Viper platform is up in the air. Production on the current model will soon end and there are no definitive plans to bring the car back (though Dodge may introduce the car’s replacement or the next generation in 2012). Nonetheless, it was great being able to exam one of America’s most iconic sports cars up close! If you would like to see more of our customers’ most exciting cars, be sure to check out our Carspotting entries! We love it when motorsports enthusiasts visit K1 Speed, as we like to think it validates our goal of offering an authentic racing experience that can be enjoyed by enthusiasts and novices alike!
This weekend, an Ariel Atom stopped in at our K1 Speed Seattle indoor kart racing center in Redmond, Washington! Featuring an exoskeleton frame, a rear-mounted 4-cylinder engine, inboard suspension and an open wheel design, the Ariel Atom is about the closest thing to a go kart on the street! With a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio and lightning quick reflexes, the Atom is capable of going head-to-head with some of the best cars in the world. We are fortunate to see a lot of exciting cars at K1 Speed, as many of our customers are automotive enthusiasts, but the Ariel Atom just might be the most unique and exciting car we’ve seen in awhile!
We’re particularly pleased that the owner of this Atom decided to spend his evening racing our high performance electric karts and we hope to see him again soon! We strive to provide our customers with an authentic racing atmosphere at K1 Speed and take great pride when racing enthusiasts and motorsports fans decide to spend the day at our indoor go kart tracks! If you would like to see some more of our customers’ cars, feel free to check out our Carspotting category.
We are fortunate to see a wide variety of nice cars at K1 Speed, as many of our customers are automotive enthusiasts, off-road enthusiasts, motorcyclists and racing fans. It occurred to us that our readers might appreciate these cars, trucks and motorcycles as well, and thus our Carspotting features were born! Last night, this incredible Porsche 911 GT3 (the latest 997 model) paid a visit to our K1 Speed Carlsbad indoor karting center in San Diego, California. Unfortunately the sun was going down just as the customer arrived, which meant we didn’t have many opportunities to get a photograph, but that didn’t deter us from taking a closer look at this beautiful car!
With a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine producing 415hp, massive disc brakes and an advanced suspension tuned for the track, the 997 GT3 is a tremendous performance car that is respected the world over. This particular GT3 though had a host of accessories that made it even more at home on the racetrack, including a roll cage, an aftermarket adjustable suspension, and a free-flowing exhaust system which gave the car a devilish high-pitched wail! The owner was happy enough to start the car for us and rev up the engine, and we can tell you that it sounded incredible! We would like to thank the owner for taking the time to talk to us, and we were pleased to hear that when he isn’t racing at Willow Springs or Buttonwillow in his GT3, he satiates his need for adrenaline at K1 Speed!
This beautiful Subaru Impreza WRX STI was spotted recently at our K1 Speed Irvine indoor go kart track in Orange County, California. Though the Impreza STI is an amazingly capable car that has a storied racing history (such legends as Colin McRae, Richard Burns, Petter Solberg and Tommi Makinen have driven the Impreza in the World Rally Championship and American drivers Travis Pastrana and Ken Block are making a name for Subaru in the States) they are also somewhat common. What caught our eye about this particular Impreza STI was the Cosworth badge on the rear hatch! The Cosworth name is well-known in the motorsport community, and the company has recently turned its attention to tuning the Subaru flat-four engine. We don’t know how much power this Subaru makes, but we can imagine that it’s probably a lot! Needless to say, this Impreza looks like an incredibly fun car to drive!
Our Carspotting features, which showcase the exciting hardware that we see out our indoor karting centers on a regular basis, are for our fans who are car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts! We are constantly striving to make our Blog more interesting and exciting for our readers, and we happen to think that cool cars and trucks are interesting! Whether it’s a Ferrari or a vintage Land Cruiser, we appreciate all sorts of vehicles at K1 Speed and will do what we can to bring them to you! Be on the lookout for more features in the near future.
This stunning R35 Nissan GT-R was spotted outside of our K1 Speed Carlsbad indoor karting center in San Diego, California today. In fact, the owner was one of the first customers of the morning and was ready to go racing almost as soon as we opened our doors! With a twin turbo V6 engine, AWD powertrain and massive Brembo brakes, the new Nissan GT-R is a tremendous performance car that has proven its mettle on the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife (North Loop), and is quite capable of taking on some of the best cars in the world. The owner of this particular GT-R though opted not to go to Germany for his adrenaline fix, but to K1 Speed!
At K1 Speed, we strive to provide our customers with an authentic racing experience and genuine wheel-to-wheel thrills, so it always pleases us when we have automotive enthusiasts stop by to try out our high performance electric go karts on our professionally designed indoor go kart tracks. Anytime that we see high-end hardware in our parking lot, we like to think of it as a validation of what we do here at K1 Speed, and we take great pride in that! Stay tuned for more Carspotting!