K1 Speed operates indoor go-kart tracks throughout the country, from the Southwest to Southern Florida and the Pacific Northwest.
The company’s newest facility is scheduled to open this week in San Francisco, the City by the Bay, and will be one of several in Northern California – the others being Santa Clara and Sacramento. Open to the public seven days a week and available for private rentals and parties, K1 Speed’s San Francisco center is a world-class entertainment venue that is designed not only to please motoring enthusiasts, but people of all ages and from all walks of life. Company co-owner Boris Said is a professional racecar driver with years of experience in all forms of motorsport, and his input allows the company to create an experience that will satisfy even the most ardent racing fan.
So what makes K1 Speed unique? Why choose K1 Speed for your go-karting adventures instead of the local amusement park or miniature golf course? Quite simply, K1 Speed has revolutionized go-kart racing in the United States through the introduction of two unique elements:
Indoor Go-kart Tracks – With indoor kart tracks, K1 Speed provides individuals with an opportunity to race every day of the year, regardless of, as the saying goes, rain, sleet, or snow. Residents of San Francisco know all too well that cold temperatures, heavy fog, and sudden rain showers can make planning outdoor events somewhat of a guessing game. By isolating racing activities indoors, K1 Speed can eliminate these variables and operate year-long. In places such as Seattle and Arizona, where temperature extremes on both ends are common, the reprieve provided by a fully enclosed space is welcomed by K1 Speed’s enthusiastic customer base. In San Francisco, the company is confident that the reception will be similar; an umbrella and several layers of clothing won’t be necessary items for a trip to the go-kart track anymore!
All-electric European Karts – Traditional go-kart venues rely on old, anemic, heavy, and cumbersome gas-powered karts. With frames that have seen years of abuse, bald tires, spot welds in several locations in an attempt to fix frame cracks, and motivation coming from underpowered lawn mower engines, these karts often fail to inspire both thrills and confidence. The karts at K1 Speed are several generations beyond these antiquated machines; they are designed in Europe – the heart of professional karting – and are powered by high-performance, zero-emission electric motors that produce 20hp. With instant torque available at all speeds, the karts at K1 Speed can reach speeds approaching 45mph. With that amount of speed on hand, however, the karts must be able to turn and stop properly as well. This is handled through racing slick tires, advanced chassis design, and a hydraulic brake on the rear axle. The karts at K1 Speed are the environmentally-friendly choice for high-speed thrills, and the company has built its success on their prowess.
If you feel the need for speed or are an adrenaline junky looking to satiate your need for excitement, indoor go-kart racing at K1 Speed San Francisco is for you. The company’s most popular race format is its Arrive & Drive races, which allow racers of all ages* to compete in 14-lap heats against the clock, any day of the week, any time of day. Simply show up, register, and queue up for your race! Helmets and training are provided.
For special events and parties, K1 Speed is happy to offer party packages, private room rentals, corporate packages, and even facility rentals. And for those looking to take on the sport of go-kart racing full-time, K1 Speed hosts the Challenge GP karting league, which attracts some of the best karters in the area; with your track and go-kart provided for you, there is no racing league in the country that’s more affordable!
*Please inquire about height requirements and other excluding factors.
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The Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout is the largest and single most important event for karters transitioning into race cars. Past winners of Shoot-out awards include A.J. Allmendinger, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ricky Taylor, Jonathan Goring, Joel Miller, and 2010 Skip Barber National drivers Spencer Pigot and Felix Serralles. Scholarships are courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development and the FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund. The Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout is a critical component of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder: a fully integrated motorsports ladder comprised of the Skip Barber Racing School Summer and Winter Series, USF2000, and Star Mazda.
Karting Scholarship Shootout Awards:
1st place: Full Season in the Skip Barber Racing School Mazda 2012-2013 Winter or 2013 Summer Series
2nd place: $25,000 Race Series Scholarship
3rd place: $20,000 Race Series Scholarship
4th place: $15,000 Race Series Scholarship
5th place: $10,000 Race Series Scholarship
** All scholarships funds are spread out over each race event throughout the course of the 2012 season, and cannot be applied to only a few select events.
Available 3 Day Racing Schools for driver eligilibility into the Karting Shootout:
- August 29 – August 31, Road Atlanta
- September 24 – September 26, Sebring International Raceway
- September 24 – September 26, Lime Rock Park
1. Current outdoor and indoor karting experience
2. Skip Barber Racing School 3 Day Racing School, or two Advanced Activity days prior to Shootout.
1. No professional racing experience.
2. No Skip Barber Racing School racing experience
3. Participants must be at least 13 years old and cannot be more than 25 years old at the date of the shootout.
4. Maximum of 12 advanced activity days (not racing) from the 2011 to 2012 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout.
The Ariel Atom is a high performance sports car made by the Ariel Motor Company based in Somerset, England and under licence in North America by TMI Autotech, Inc. at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.
There have been four Ariel Atom incarnations to date: Ariel Atom, Ariel Atom 2, Ariel Atom 3 and Ariel Atom 500 V8. The current model is the Ariel Atom 3 which is the most powerful apart from the V8 model. The latter is a limited production model with a 500 bhp (373 kW; 507 PS) V8 engine made from two Suzuki Hayabusa engines.
The Ariel Atom is unusual in that it is exoskeletal — the chassis is prominently visible from the outside — and therefore lacks a roof, windows and other features normally found on road cars although a small windshield is available as an optional extra.
Jeremy Clarkson, TOP GEAR BBC, challenges the Atom to prove more fun than a motorbike – with astounding and face melting results!
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End of Watch
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Release Date: Opens in Theaters Friday, September 21, 2012
Rating: R: Restricted
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*Offer good Monday through Friday only at all K1 Speed centers. Limit 1 per person, while supplies last. Offer cannot be split between multiple racers. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for group or corporate functions. Offer expires at close of business September 30, 2012
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For the first time in DC Comic’s history, Batman – the world’s most popular DC Super Hero – is now an all-new, live-action arena spectactular which is taking the world by storm. BATMAN LIVE is a 15 million dollar stage production with an original story featuring a 43 strong cast of actors and circus trained acrobats, a 3D Gotham City landscape, a bespoke symphonic score, custom-built state-of-the-art stage, a 100 foot bat-shaped LED video wall, pyrotechnics and the impressive Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray.
COMING TO HONDA CENTER – September 5-9, 2012
Are you fast enough? Have the fastest lap the week of Monday August 13th through Sunday August 19th and win tickets to see BATMAN LIVE at Honda Center. K1 Speed in collaboration with the Honda Center will be giving away 4 plaza-level tickets ($79 value per ticket) for the Grand Prize “Fastest Lap” winner and 8 terrace-level tickets (four pairs – $49 value per ticket) for “Fastest Lap” runners-up (placing 2nd through 5th in overall standings). “Fastest Lap” promotion will run from August 13-19th at all five Southern California locations. (Anaheim, Carlsbad, Irvine, Ontario, Torrance).
K1 Speed in collaboration with Honda Center will be giving away 2 plaza-level tickets ($79 value per ticket), as well as four terrace-level tickets (two pairs – $49 value per ticket) as part of ENTER-TO-WIN contest. BATMAN KNIGHT will take place on Sunday August 26 at K1 Speed Anaheim starting at 3pm-7pm. Fans will be encouraged to attend BATMAN KNIGHT in costume (i.e. Batman, Joker, Poison Ivy, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two Face, etc). Other BATMAN LIVE memorabilia prizes also to be given away throughout the evening. Customers attending BATMAN KNIGHT in costume will receive special discount racing, $8 off your race, from 3pm-7pm the day of the event.