5 Misconceptions About Toronto Go Karts

March 12, 2016

Even something as simple as the humble Toronto go karts can have a whole host of misconceptions surrounding it. We just want to clear the air about some of these.

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1. Rental go-karts and racing Toronto go karts are the same thing

This misconception can go a couple of different ways. If you’re a parent who has seen a professional racing go-karts speeding around the track, you may think all go-karts are these powerful little machines that whip around corners at neck snapping speeds.

Or, if you are a go-kart racer and you tell someone that you’re a go-kart racer, you may get angry if they assume you just put-put around the track at a relatively low speed like the carts at many rental places.

But, the two types of go-karts are vastly different. Racing go-karts are direct descendents of open-wheeled Formula 1 cars and, as such, they can get up to pretty good speeds and require skill and practice to handle.

On the other hand, rental go-karts, while they go quickly enough to have a lot of fun, don’t come anywhere near the speeds the racing Toronto go karts can reach. Rental go-karts, like the ones at GPK, are meant for family fun and you don’t need any special training or skills to rip around the track on one.

But, if you spent an hour in one of our karts and then hopped into a real racing go-kart, you would notice a world of difference.

Check out our video on Toronto Go Karting Safety

2. Go-karts aren’t safe

Again, this depends on the type of go kart you are talking about. The racing go-karts, while they go fast, are equipped with all the safety equipment that a racing vehicle should have.

On the other hand, a backyard go-kart that some girl threw together using an old lawnmower engine and some discarded bike frames welded together will be decidedly less safe.

At GPK, our electric Toronto go karts are equipped with 4-point seat belts that keep you securely in the vehicle. Our padded steering wheels prevent injuries to the chest and head and all racers are mandated to wear helmets. On top of that, our indoor go-karting facility is equipped with a remote shut-off ability to slow down and shut off all engines in case of accidents or bottlenecking on the track.

So, while not all go-karts are created equally, we can definitely vouch for the ones at GPK. They’re as safe as a life jacket wrapped in a bulletproof vest strapped into a safety harness that is decorated with reflectors.

3. You can build a go-kart easily just using junk in your garage

Those backyard go-karts that we alluded to before do exist. Tinkerers like to see what they can build and how well their creations run. This goes back not just to people’s curiosity and love of building, but more specifically to the days of the old soap box derby racers (which are still around, actually).

While modern soapbox derby racers are sleek and you can purchase kits to help you build them out of materials like fibreglass, old-timey soapbox derby racers were built out of crates and whatever else a kid could toss together. Hence, people still believe that about motorized go-karts. A lawnmower engine, some wheels off a baby carriage, some wood, metal and wire and you’re good to go, right?

But, as any backyard engineer will tell you, there are many variables to consider, particularly weight. Just slapping things together will likely not get you going far, but with a little planning and some calculations and the right material, you can build a homemade go-kart that will run and even stay together.

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4. Go-karting is just for kids

According to a scientific formula we just made up, it has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that adults love ripping around a racetrack just as much (and sometimes even way more) than kids do.

Racing Toronto go karts makes an excellent date, team building activity or birthday bash (for a child or adult), so whether you’re just a greenhorn at this whole life thing or you’re a seasoned veteran, you’ll have a blast on a go-kart track. In fact, at Maple Knoll Village retirement home, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a 91 year old resident became the oldest person to go indoor go-karting, according to the Maple Knoll website.

5. Go-karts and buggies are the same thing

While most people know that go-karts are made for driving around tracks on asphalt, there are still some people who equate go-karts with off road buggies (dune buggies and other off-road vehicles). These off-road vehicles have much larger tires and larger engines for driving on trails or over dunes. And while some go-karts, providing they have the appropriate tires, can be driven on trails, they are really designed for track use.

We hope that clears up any lingering misconceptions you may have about go-karts and go-karting. To fully appreciate these magnificent machines, come down to Toronto’s best indoor go kart track at GPK and do a few laps.

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One Response to “5 Misconceptions About Toronto Go Karts”

  1. I really like the way you addressed these myths about go-karting! I’ve been karting since I was a kid, but I still love it – it’s definitely not just for kids. I also agree that they’re a lot safer than you would think. Thanks for going out and setting the record straight!

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