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Why We’re Better Than Family Fun Center Go Kart Racing

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4 Reasons Why K1 Speed Beats Any Family Fun Center

If you’re thinking of taking the kids to the local family fun center for a go kart racing experience, think again. K1 Speed is much better.  Here are 4 reasons why K1 Speed beats any family fun center:

1. Our Go Karts are Eco-Friendly and Faster

Family fun centers typically use gas-powered oversized go karts that are slow, clumsy, and horrible for people and the environment. K1 Speed uses all-electric go karts imported from Italy. These electric karts produce zero emissions so you can breathe easy and not reek of exhaust when you leave. Plus, they produce instant torque (power), have super nimble handling, and approach speeds of 45mph! No family fun center go karts can do all that.

2. We’re MUCH Safer than Family Fun Centers

It’s always a little sketchy when you’re participating in family fun center go kart racing. Most of the time it looks like the center is still stuck in the 80s or 90s as far as equipment, cleanliness, and safety. The karts have elements that can burn you or cut you, there’s no head protection whatsoever, and barriers are nothing more than old discarded tires. Plus, there’s no stopping an erratic racer on the course at a family fun center if they’re bumping into everyone.


At K1 Speed, all of our karts are modern and state-of-the-art, providing much safer protection in case of an impact. And you won’t find old tires as barriers here. Instead, we use Protex barriers that are the next generation of go kart racing safety. Every racer is provided with a Department of Transportation-approved helmet. Plus, we incorporate flags, signs, and can remotely control the speed of an offending go kart racer. If that racer is dangerous, the engine’s power is cut and they’re ejected. Safety is always our number one priority at every K1 Speed location.

Here’s why it’s safer to race go karts at K1 Speed.

3. Better Racing PLUS the Off-Track Fun You Love!

Not only is our racing better, but we offer the same off-track fun you enjoy at a family fun center. We have arcades featuring the latest prize-giving machines and video games. Plus pool tables, foosball, and air hockey for people who appreciate more old-school fun! And some locations feature even more fun!


At Addison, visitors can enjoy Cybersport – a combination of bumper cars and lacrosse! And at K1 Speed Irvine, you can enjoy VR Zone Portal: a cutting-edge virtual reality arcade that includes Mario Kart Arcade GP VR!

4. Our Tracks are Indoors

At a family fun center, the go kart track is usually outside in the elements. While that’s fun on a warm summer’s day, it also means no fun at all on rainy, snowy, sweltering, or otherwise miserable days. Not the case at K1 Speed. All of our tracks are indoors. So no matter what Mother Nature is bringing outside, it’s always a perfect day to race at our track.

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K1 Speed Portland Track

These are just four of the many reasons why K1 Speed is better than your typical family fun center go kart racing experience. Indoor go kart racing is our passion and life’s work. Don’t go somewhere that treats it like an after-thought.

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Height Requirements

Junior minimum height requirement is 48″ (121.9 cm)Adult minimum height requirement is 58″ (147.3 cm). No mixed Adult and Junior races.

IMPORTANT: Meeting the height requirement is not a guarantee you’ll be able to race our karts. Drivers will be measured at the location and must be able to safely operate all elements of the kart. Final approval will be at management’s discretion.

  • Funk n Wright

    What if we’re already loyal members? I’ve got 4, maybe more able racers. What do we get in exchange for our membership? Swag? Another race? Beer afterwards?

    • Staff Writer

      There are no substitutions with this offer. Sorry about that!

  • Jean Sebastien

    How fast the kart go

    And what is the adresse for the one that just open up in montreal

    • Staff Writer

      Hello Jean Sebastien! Our adult karts go up to 45 miles per hour, junior karts up to around 20 mph. The address for Montréal is:
      2080 Trans Canada Route
      Dorval, QC H9P 2N4, Canada

  • Angie Murray

    How long is each race?

    • Staff Writer

      Hey Angie! Each race typically lasts between 7-10 minutes. See you at the track!

  • Lomitha A Kinzer

    How much is it to ride today for a nine year old? And WHAT time do the center close?

    • Staff Writer

      Hello, Lomitha! Races start at $22 for one race, plus a $6 annual membership if it’s your first time, or if it’s been over a year since your last visit. Times vary by location and day of the week – please find the hours for your nearest location by going here: https://www.k1speed.com/locations.html . Thanks for your interest!

  • Richard Fish

    Does the helmet rental come with price

    • Staff Writer

      Yes, Richard! The annual membership includes free use of our helmets, gives you a headsock, and many more benefits like a free race during the week of your birthday. See you at the track!

  • Russell Pate

    Will there be a family fun days in september.

    • Staff Writer

      Hello Russell! There will not be any family fun day deals in September – this is just an August promotion. The last day is today, so we hope you’re able to take advantage of it!

  • Rosemary woolley

    Is there an age requirement on the cars?
    Is a reservation required.

    • Staff Writer

      Hello Rosemary! There is no age requirement, but there is a height requirement. All racers will need to be at least 4′ (48″) tall and safely reach the pedals in order to race. No reservation is required – that’s the great thing about our Arrive & Drive racing – simply show up and race! For more information, check out our other blog here: https://www.k1speed.com/blog/know-before-you-go-indoor-kart-racing.html

  • Matthew Lopez

    I’ve been to other indoor cart tracks and wasnt able to fit in the carts… what’s the biggest size person you have had race in your carts..

    • Staff Writer

      Hey Matthew! We’ve had some pretty big guys from the NFL drive our karts, but typically 6’7″ and 300lbs is the maximum. The best way to find out is to just visit and ask to sit in a kart. Hope we see you soon!

  • Nic BG

    what go karts are used in k1 speed

    • Staff Writer

      We use all-electric go karts imported from Italy! Our adult karts approach speeds of up to 45mph, while our junior karts can reach a respectable 20mph.

  • Pavly Rizkallah

    Hey, are we allowed to buy go karts. And if we are able can you tell me how.

    • K1 Speed Staff Writer

      Our karts are OTL Electric karts and can be purchased through Kart1.com

  • Nate Fuller

    Does the Boston location have shifter karts?

    • Staff Writer

      Hello Nate! Thanks for your interest in our shifter karts. Unfortunately at this time, we do not offer those kind of karts at K1 Speed Boston. Hope we’ll still see you soon at our track!

  • Christopher

    Do you guys have karts that someone who is disabled (such as being in a wheelchair) would be able to drive?

    • Staff Writer

      Hello Christopher! Great question. We do have hand-controlled karts at several of our centers. For those that do not, we can possibly get a set of controls sent over to create one. I’d check with your local track’s management and see what the situation is there. Thanks!

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