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K1 Circuit Update: Our Outdoor Go Kart Track Is Now Under Construction!

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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, K1 Speed CEO, and our good friend Boris Said has to say about this exciting next step for K1 Speed!

K1 Circuit Breaks Ground In Southern California, First Premier Outdoor Go Kart Track By K1 Speed

the danglards and boris said stand with shovels at the future site of k1 circuit

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, CIK/FIA 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.

 

“At K1 Speed, civilians get an idea of what racing’s like,” says Boris Said, business partner and professional racing driver. “But now to build a world class outdoor facility where you can have all the different classes, gas karts, electric karts, and bring some world class races here kind of gives people the next stepping stone to evolve in the sport. It’s exciting!“

 

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.”

 

For more information and to sign up for updates, visit www.k1circuit.com.

Comments
  • James

    Who cares? Except for the people that live close by.

    • Staff Writer

      We’re just a flight away, James!

  • jeff latimer

    WOW! THANKS Boris and Rocky, got to race
    With you and Dennis at Calspeed.Got. to drive at Moran Raceway too, can’t wait,

  • rodrigo anzanello

    congrats Guys

    i will be there

    for the the electric or Gas powered.

    Cheers from Brazil

  • Robert Switzler

    This is awesome!!!!! I’ve been waiting 5 years for this track, and plan to be racing as soon as they let me on. Hopefully it will be just a fun as Moran was back in the day.

  • @racerkeagan

    I can’t wait to get some laps in on the track!

  • Robert Freiberger

    Will supermoto be allowed to run here too?

    • Staff Writer

      Hey Robert, thanks for your interest! At the moment, we’re only looking at running go karts on our track.

  • J.R.Ybarra

    Very nice, been waiting on this for a while and much success to your efforts to make this happen.

  • Richard Kenworthy

    Awesome idea and will be a very challenging course if similar to Moran raceway! That course was totally Great!!
    Can’t wait to try it!!

  • Anthony Siragusa

    This is what the west coast needs

  • Jamie J Theoret

    AWESOME! I can’t wait. ANY NEW KART TRACK IS SPECTACULAR NEWS!

  • W. Field

    Looks like a ton of fun! Thank you K1!
    Although, I am a bit disappointed regarding K1 switching from their eco-friendly electric carts to allowing gas carts but I’m sure your wonderful team will know how to work it all out.

    • Staff Writer

      Hello W. Field! The K1-specific karts (both the rental karts and karts used for our new championship there) will still be all-electric. But we also know there’s a demand for a proper gas-powered go kart racing track in Southern California too. And we especially want to be a venue that can attract the major kart championships too, which are still mostly gas-powered at this time. But here’s hoping many major karting series will make the switch to electric in the near future!

  • Sameer

    I want to apply for race and my career.

    • Staff Writer

      Be sure to visit our K1 Circuit website (k1circuit.com) and sign up for updates!

  • Miles McGriff

    Just curious. How does this differ from the F1 track carts here in Austin? We just raced K1 tonight and have to say the outdoor experience was way better. Faster, more open and just a different experience. Best of luck to you all.

    • Staff Writer

      Hey Miles! Thanks for your interest in K1 Circuit. This outdoor track is going to be quite a bit different from our K1 Speed locations and more similar to what you experienced at COTA. Outdoor karting is just naturally different from indoor karting. As you said, it’s more open so you’re able to reach higher speeds. However, we feel our outdoor experience will beat COTA’s. It’ll be a longer track with more elevation change and the karts will be faster. Hope we’ll see you next year when it opens!

  • Robert Purdy

    Can I bring my KTM 300?

    • Staff Writer

      Hello Robert! This track will be exclusively for go karts, but we may have some bicycle events here and there. Thanks for your interest and hope we’ll still see you out there when we open!

  • Peter Brubaker

    How will this compare to Calspeed?

    • Staff Writer

      Too many differences to list here, Peter! But here’s a simple comparison: parking lot track vs FIA-certified race circuit. There will also be elevation changes, garages for rent onsite, a facility featuring event spaces, a restaurant, and pro shop, the list goes on and on.. in short, a night and day difference!

  • Brian R. Parker

    What is the minimum age requirement to race the carts? My son is 8 years old. Can he race at the same time as (3) other adults?

    Thanks,
    Brian

    • Staff Writer

      Hello, Brian! At K1 Speed, our karts are restricted by height rather than age. So for our junior karts, your son would need to be at least 48″ (4′) tall. Due to safety reasons, we don’t mix our junior and adult karts. So if he wanted to race with 3 other adults at the same time, he’ll need to be at least 4’10” (58″) tall for our adult karts. Hope this answers your question and that we get to see you all at the track this weekend!

  • Pete Braun

    Will there be more of these outdoor tracks at other K1 locations?

    • Staff Writer

      Hey Pete! At the moment, we’re just working on the one outdoor track. But you never know what the future might bring..

  • Ellie w

    Will race suits be provided or can we bring our own?

    • Staff Writer

      Hey Ellie! We’ll have more information about that in the very near future..

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