For our latest video update, we sent Ryan out to check out the latest track updates! Plus, Ryan asks Mike Smith, the GM of K1 Circuit, some of the most common questions we’ve received so far from our fans, including, “When are you opening?” Watch now!
UPDATE (02/22/23): Meet the GM, See the Curbing, Garages, & Storage!
In this video, you’ll get to meet Mike Smith, the new General Manager of K1 Circuit. Learn about Mike’s experience and the kind of things he’ll be in charge of at the circuit when it opens. Plus, Ryan shows off the new concrete curbing that was installed. And Ryan and Mike take a walk around the facility to show off the main garages under construction and give you a glimpse at the kart storage options where you can keep your kart at the track. This video is certainly worth the watch!
UPDATE (8/10/22): Track Ride-Along & Breakdown!
Ride along with Ryan for his first laps of K1 Circuit and the new E-Pro Kart. What you get is the real deal – his genuine first reaction to the kart and circuit at the same time. Just some background: Ryan hasn’t done a lot of outdoor karting, but has done a ton of indoor racing at K1 Speed. Also, the track was still unfinished (no curbing and run-offs yet) and the kart was set on a governor of 50% speed, so don’t expect this to be professional laps. But if you’re someone who has almost exclusively raced at K1 Speed, we think this video will give you a glimpse into what it’ll be like when you, the K1 Speed racer, gets to drive these karts and track yourself. It’s the next step in your motor racing journey!
UPDATE (8/08/22): Testing of the New K1 Circuit E-Pro Kart
Watch us at we test the all-new e-pro electric go kart that will be used for Arrive & Drive races and leagues and K1 Circuit. And yes, we are testing at K1 Circuit itself! Still plenty of work to go, including the installation of curbing and other safety measures, plus construction of the garages and pits. But a late 2022 opening for K1 Circuit is looking realistic! Watch the video below!
UPDATE (6/10/22): The Track is Paved!
UPDATE (5/17/22): Fine Grading Completed – See the Track Walk!
K1 Circuit Breaks Ground In Southern California, First Premier Outdoor Go Kart Track By K1 Speed
The moment many of you have been waiting for is finally here – we finally have an update for you about K1 Circuit!!
Originally announced in 2018, K1 Circuit has been a daunting project for us over these last several years. You wouldn’t believe what it takes to build a world-class outdoor karting facility these days! We were actually all set to begin work in early 2020 – then the pandemic struck. But now we’re back to business and we’re happy to report that construction on K1 Circuit has at last officially begun! Read our press release to learn more about the track and what the designer and K1 Speed CEO has to say about this exciting next step for K1 Speed!
K1 Speed, the world’s leading indoor go kart racing operator, is excited to announce today that construction of its first outdoor track, K1 Circuit, has officially begun in Winchester, California – 80 miles from downtown Los Angeles and San Diego, 70 miles from Orange County, and just 30 miles from Riverside.
Racers and automotive enthusiasts can expect to be spoiled when K1 Circuit opens in 2022. The 1.1-mile configurable circuit is designed by pro racer Rocky Moran, Jr. (of the famed Moran Raceway formerly in Beaumont, CA) and features a straightaway that’s approximately 900 feet in length, a universal track width of 28 feet, professional curbing, and up to 6% of elevation change.
The track incorporates every element a driver could ever want: blind crests, dramatic downhill elevations, sweeping-flowing corners built into the side of a double-mountain peak and a blend of slow, medium, and incredibly high-speed corners that will produce many overtaking opportunities. The end result is a track with the look and feel of a small Formula One circuit.
“It’s been a privilege to work alongside David and Susan Danglard on K1 Speed’s first outdoor racetrack here in Southern California and I could not be any more excited for the karting community with this announcement,” says Moran, Jr. “There has been a hole left in the sport since Moran Raceway closed and this new track will be a second coming of sorts, of our old famous track. I have taken everything from my background with track design, including many facets from our original Moran Raceway design and created what should be one of the best super circuits in the world. I can’t wait for the karting community to be able to race here and experience this long-awaited racing paradise for themselves!”
Just as K1 Speed pioneered the indoor electric go kart racing experience in the United States, K1 Circuit will be the first professional outdoor electric go kart racing experience in the country.
Upon completion, K1 Circuit will host its very own pro-level outdoor electric kart racing series – the first of its kind – with all-new go karts. The new electric karts will differ significantly in performance from those found at K1 Speed’s indoor facilities. Developed by Italian manufacturer OTL, the pro-karts are lighter, the batteries have been upgraded to lithium for better performance, and can reach speeds that are twice as fast as their indoor counterparts.
However, unlike K1 Speed, K1 Circuit will not be exclusively electric. Upon completion, the track will seek CIK-FIA certification and welcome many classes of gas-powered go karts with the aim of hosting major professional kart racing events such as SKUSA, USPKS, ROK, Rotax, and more.
Those who do not race professionally or own their own kart will also enjoy K1 Circuit. Recreational racers will have the opportunity to rent their new electric pro-karts akin to K1 Speed’s Arrive & Drive program. Details about the karts and the rental program will be announced at a later date.
Off-track, K1 Circuit will include a 14,000-sq.ft. main building that houses a K1 RaceGear pro shop, private spaces for events, and a Paddock Lounge restaurant with a deck overlooking the entire circuit. In addition, kart owners will have the opportunity to rent one of a limited number of premium private garages located onsite, with reservations opening up online some time before the grand opening.
“To say I’m tremendously excited to finally break ground on K1 Circuit would be a gross understatement,” says David Danglard, founder and CEO of K1 Speed. “This project has been over five years in the making and has already produced plenty of blood, sweat and tears. But the final product will be an unrivaled kart racing facility that will be well worth the wait.”