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A Look at Some of Toronto’s Best Go-Karting Video Games

There have been hundreds of Toronto Go-Karting video games released over the past couple of decades, but the truth is you just didn’t notice many of them.

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Many of them faded with time, and under the weight of their own shoddiness. A small selection of elite kart games and series have survived and will forever hold a place in our hearts.

We have to admit, the best Go-Karting video games are often crazy, unrealistic, and cartoony. Mario Kart obviously springs to mind. We don’t think this reflects badly on Go-Karting, but rather it reflects its essence of most people: an accessible and lighthearted way to get competitive and have some fun.

We could do a Top 10 of the Best Go-Karting games, but then we might end up with 7 versions of Mario Kart and a few other notable titles. Instead, we will take a look at a wide range of options, to give the other games a fair chance.

 The Best Go-Karting Games

Super Mario Kart

Would it really be acceptable to start anywhere else? Mario Kart rules the roost even now, and the original game, released on the SNES back in 1992, was the first of its genre. A spin-off to Super Mario Bros, this karting game was well ahead of its time, featuring twisty tracks, characters with AI and personalities, and of course, the firing of shells across the racetrack; not a behavior that we encourage here at our Go-Karting Toronto, but very entertaining on-screen!

The series has continued its success to this day, and critically acclaimed titles include Mario Kart 64, Wii, Double Dash, and many more.

This is possibly the perfect Go-Karting franchise, and while it is a tough game to beat, it inspired many more titles to come.

Diddy Kong Racing

Perhaps considered the main rival of Mario Kart, at least at the time when it was released, this classic karting game is very obviously modeled on its predecessor, but managed to add a lot to the evolution of karting in video games.

It included a much needed one player adventure mode, and a multiplayer adventure (type the code: Jointventure to access) which added a lot of depth to the game. It also introduced the plane and hovercraft vehicles, and apart from all of that still had all of the action-packed fun of Mario.

Released on the N64, there has never been a sequel.

Crash Team Racing

Seeing the success of the Nintendo karting games, it wasn’t long until Sony responded with a game for their platform, based on their platform king at the time, Crash Bandicoot. This made many PS owners very happy, and the game was by no means a letdown, providing a fully 3-D interface that looked stunning, great controls, an adventure mode, and multiplayer madness. It truly was a rival for Mario and Diddy.

Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing

A 2010 release, you will be happy to know that this Go-Karting title is not restricted to a certain console. It is available on the PS3, Wii, X-box 360, DS, PC, and mobile.

The graphics are stunning, and there are plenty of playable characters to choose from, with mascot Sonic leading the pack. All have their own abilities, and the use of items takes a more tactical, and less random feel than in the other kart games. This one plays a little more like a classic racing game in some ways: the controls are comparatively difficult, and the game does not have Nintendo’s philosophy of evening the score with powerful items at the last minute.

That covers the best karting games that take the popular Mario Kart format, but what else is there to be explored? Truth be told, there aren’t many super-realistic kart games worth playing, so we have another suggestion to keep you entertained.

ModNation Racers

ModNation is a completely different type of karting game, released for the PS3 that allows for the full customization of… everything. You can make karts, players, and tracks, and share them with a large and creative online community. This gives you limitless options for racing, and if you love the design aspect of it all, then you will not be disappointed. Did we mention it plays pretty well too?

For another fun customization Go-Karting game, check out the famous LittleBigPlanetKarting, which boasts a wider community.

Kart Racing Pro

Are you board of all of the cartoony features on most Go-Kart games? Is Go-Karting a bit more of a professional gig for you? There are options out there, and among the most realistic is Kart Racing Pro, a simulation game that does a great job of capturing the dynamics and physics of high-speed outdoor Go-Karting.

Also worth checking out, while not a game in itself, is the kart racing mode on Gran Turismo 5, one of the greatest racing simulators of all time.

The Best Way to Experience Go-Karting…

Okay, so you might not be able to throw shells at each other, surf over water in a hovercraft, or take a magic star that makes you invincible, but hey, real life has more restrictions than video games. Still, no matter how fun the karting games are, nothing beats the real deal. There is no better way to experience Go-Karting than to come down to GPKs Go-Karting track in Toronto, where you can put your foot down and race with other real people; all without the danger of skidding on a banana skin.

Drag yourself away from the video world and come down to Grand Prix Kartways in Toronto today, for a family-friendly adrenaline pumped atmosphere.

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Send In Your GoPro Toronto Go-Karting Videos

…And We Will Make A Compilation Of The Best Ones

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Here at Grand Prix Kartways, we provide one of the most exciting and exhilarating Go-Kart tracks in Toronto. When people come to race with us, they love what they feel, and they feel what they love. We want to share that feeling with the world, and we can only do this through your eyes. We want you to send in your GoPro videos; the ones that show your most dramatic and heartfelt moments on the racetrack.

GoPro is a unique design of camera that was originally inspired by an idea. The idea came from surfer Nick Woodman, who wanted to be able to capture the best possible angles, that really showed what the action was like for the man in the wave, and not just for the onlooker stood on the beach.

GoPro has been adopted by many sports enthusiasts who wish to capture their moments of glory on video. No other camera would be able to quite capture the feeling of racing with us at GPK Go-Karting in Toronto. Nothing could illustrate the speed, the passion, the drive, as well as GoPro footage, other than actually being in the driver’s seat.

This is not to be a compilation of sideline footage; this is the track being chewed up before your eyes, the bed fast approaching, the undertake on the straight approaching the hairpin, the race to the finish line. This is Go-Karting.

So, What Are We Asking?

We want you to send in your favorite footage from your GoPro that shows you racing around a track in a Go-Kart. It can be old footage, or you can bring along your GoPro the next time you come for a drive.

We will then watch all of your footage, probably eat a bit of popcorn and enjoy the emotional ups and downs of life on the race course, and then compile the best clips into a mega-movie that really hits home. We hope to create something, with your help, that will truly capture the Go-Karting experience.

You will be then able to watch this grand compilation on our website and Youtube channel in the coming months. We will happily notify you if your footage becomes a part of the bigger picture.

In short, you will play a part in the greatest compilation of Go-Kart footage known to humankind. So please, don’t be shy! Send in your GoPro footage to us, to help us to create this memorable video.

If you want to know what Go-Karting is like for yourself, then why not head to GPK Go-Karting Toronto, for hairpin raising action in an environment that has something for everyone. Be sure to bring your GoPro along if you have one! Call us today!


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5 Best Toronto Go-Karting Scenes In Movies

Okay, so you might not find Batman or James Bond riding a go-kart, but there are some pretty hilarious go-kart moments out there in the world of movies. Go-karts have forever captured the hearts and minds of children and adults alike, and there is simply nothing like settling a debt over a swift race around the track. We have even seen some screen worthy moments here at the Toronto indoor go-karting track at Grand Prix Kartways!

Here are 5 of the best go-karting scenes in movies:

  1. Guess Who
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Toronto Go Karting | Get to know 5 of its best as seen in movies.

Percy is a huge NASCAR fan, and also a bit of a racist who doesn’t like the fact that his daughter is planning to marry a white fella named Simon. The plot escalates, and in a bid to impress Percy, Simon lies about being an avid NASCAR driver. The film later results in a race between the rivals, with funny and disastrous results.

Simon, played by Ashton Kutcher, struggles to even make it to the starting line, before admitting that he has never had Toronto go-karting in his life. The stakes of the race are high, with Percy agreeing to hand over a much-needed loan for a large sum of money if Simon should take the victory. One lap. Race on!

The faces of the two men as they screech off the starting line begin the wacky scene to follow, with pumping music a rough and tough race ensues, and the two bump and bash each other round hairpin bends, before colliding with a bush and ending up in the middle of a busy road arguing about who has won.

  1. The Great Outdoors

The go-kart scene in the Great Outdoors (1988) is a pleasant and fun moment that must have been an absolute joy for the actors and extras to film. It really captures how much of a good time you can have with Toronto go-karting and is set on a rough outdoor track, with hay-bail edges and a clear disregard for health and safety.

The track is highly crowded with racers, who are all scrambling around the highly unusual central feature: a golf course. Whoever thought of the idea of mixing the two might have had a screw loose, but it certainly makes for a funny scene when the inevitable happens, and a driver of the buggy receives a whack from the driver of the golf ball.

Luckily, you won’t find the go-kart track and golf course combination at your local Toronto indoor go-karting track. You can drive happily without the fear of a bruised forehead.

  1. Grown-Ups 2

Okay, we are not actually giving this film much of a rating when it comes to how great it is, and even the Toronto go-karting scene itself is not the best we have ever seen. So why have we included in the list? Novelty really. When Grown Ups 2 was being filmed, they needed to shoot an outdoor go-kart race scene. The only problem was, they were using kids in the scene, so they had to film the scene indoors, in the daytime. With no space suitable, they built their own stage and set to film the scene.

  1. Kart Racer

Forget a scene, how about a whole film dedicated to the beautiful and exhilarating sport of go-kart racing?! A little known Canadian film, Kart Racer centers around an ambitious young boy called Watts “Lighthouse” Davies, who wants to be a pro racer, but cannot afford his own kart. He convinces his father, a former racer, to build a kart with him, and teach him how to be a slick winner. Anyone who shares Watts’ ambition, can learn some Toronto go-karting.

  1. 5. Catch That Kid

Probably the coolest go-karting scene in the movie world and our personal pick of the day is the police chase in Catch the Kid. Featuring a high-speed chase, the kids try to outrun police cars and even a helicopter… all in their little go-karts. A funny dialogue and light-hearted feel makes this action scene very entertaining to watch, and while we do not recommend either high-speed cop chases or driving on the roads with go-karts, we do recommend you check out this scene to get you buzzed and in the mood for some speed – and in the mood to check out our Toronto go-karting track.

Visit us today at Grand Prix Kartways and make a go karting scene of your own.


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The Science of Cornering in an Indoor Go Kart Track in Toronto

What makes a great Toronto go karting driver?

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In go karting in Toronto, the more challenging a corner the more fun it is.

When it really comes down to it, cornering is the defining factor in any race.

Incidentally, it is also the trickiest part to master for any go kart enthusiast; new or experienced. When you begin to learn how to cruise in a kart at your favorite go kart track, cornering is what you will want to come to grips with.

Go karts are actually very different to cars.

They require completely different handling, so even if you have passed your driving test, that does not necessarily make you an expert in the world of karts. You will still have to learn, just like everyone else! The major difference when it comes to cornering in a go kart, is that all of the wheels move at the same speed. This means that the inside wheels travel less distance, and to compensate for this and give you more control, the rear wheels are designed to lift off the ground.

Toronto Go Karting 101: To flatten the curve is the main goal of cornering.

This is all about the line that you take as you approach the corner. You should aim to keep very wide, and then steer in close to the apex as you turn the corner.

How well you manage the corner is determined not only by how good your line is, but also by how well you handle the forces of acceleration and deceleration, as you take the bend, and as you come out onto the straightaway. Here is a quick how-to that will help you to understand what is required:

  • As you approach from the straight, find your line – as wide as you need.
  • Take your foot off the accelerator, and when the power is off completely, begin to brake.
  • Brake until you have reached a speed in which you feel comfortable taking the corner. Do not brake as you turn, as this can often cause oversteer.
  • Lift your foot off the brakes, and then turn into the corner.
  • Aim for the apex.
  • As you pass the apex, straighten up your go kart, and begin to accelerate as soon as you have straightened – but not before.

Practice makes perfect, and every corner is different.

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All you can really do is work on your lines, and get a feel for the braking and acceleration. Once you have a decent amount of control over the go kart you will become confident enough to take the corners faster, and accelerate out of them sooner. Try out some go karting in Toronto for a fun way to learn.

There is no better way than to get out there on the track and give it a go, skid and slide a few times, and improve. We have one of the best tracks for go karts that Toronto has to offer, and would be more than happy to see you take on some hairpins!

Visit and experience the science that is go karting.

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Do Only Experienced Racers Enjoy Go Karting in Toronto

At Grand Prix Kartways, you don’t need to be an experienced karter to enjoy Go Karting in Toronto.

What you do need is the urge to have fun!

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Indoor karting is a unique and exciting experience that will get your adrenaline running. It’s the perfect occasion, and excuse, to just have some fun!

We provide a race-themed experience, from racing uniforms to gloves. We’ve the best in the industry go karts: the electric powered EK-5N-DR and EK-Mini. We’ve got the best track in town and a staff dedicated to making sure your time here is unforgettable. What more can you ask for?


We’ve got you covered

Don’t worry, we’ll provide you with everything you need to have an amazing time. From the moment you arrive,

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we’ll make you feel as though you are participating in a real race. From racing uniforms and gloves to track marshals observing every race, Toronto Go Karting at Grand Prix Kartways only provides the most authentic racing experience.

The Track

Grand Prix Kartways Formula 1 style indoor road course was designed to provide elements that will challenge and exhilarate any driver. We’ve got hairpins, chicanes, short, medium, and long turns, and two straightaways, complete with panoramic views, grass infields, lamp posts, fountains, street signs, and so much more in our kart racing in Toronto!

Competition and Community

At Grand Prix Kartways, we aim to foster the spirit of competition alongside a deep sense of community. We’ve created an environment where everybody, from newcomer to expert can develop discipline and master driving abilities such as swift reaction timing and safe passing habits. At GPK, you’ll be able to compete in a safe and structured environment, with remote control governed karts that limit their top speed or stop karts to prevent collissions.

We have got weekly races and tournaments and offer a variety of race leagues to satisfy all levels of go-karters. Each series features trophies, awards, prizes and banquets.

Race ‘till you Drop!

At Grand Prix Kartways, there are many ways for you to enjoy go-karting. Whether you come alone or with a group of friends, there is no shortage of options to satisfy your need for speed!

We have many racing packages available: single or double racing packages, and even offer a single-rate day pass option, where you can lap the track to your heart’s content.


Take a break from racing to socialize at our track side Cafe and VIP Lounges.

The Pit Zone Café offers a variety of fast foods, snacks, and beverages, perfect to fill the void and keep you ready to race.  The track-side bistro-style tables will give you a perfect view of the lanes and sweeping turns.

The Nitro Zone Lounge provides luxury seating and a fully serviced bar, promising a comfortable break from the spirited racing. Watch some live racing or your favorite sporting events on our big screen TV’s. Maybe even browse our dedicated retail merchandise store

The Kart Racing in Toronto Experience

So come and get involved in kart racing. It will be an experience you will never forget. The Checkered Flag is waiting for you!

Come and race to the finish with us!

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The Best Way to Beat the Boss? On a Go Karts Toronto Racing

Everyone knows that Toronto’s Grand Prix Kartways offers excellent entertainment for individuals, but it’s got corporate groups covered, too. For any sized company, GP Kartways offers heart pounding racing excitement and more.

Go Karts Toronto

Go Karts Toronto

We’ll decorate the entire place with your corporate colours, give each guest their own t-shirt and racing balaclava and decorate our available private meeting rooms for you if you want. Take a look at our corporate go karts Toronto packages below.

Large Corporate Events

You have a huge corporate event to put on? Don’t want it to be stuffy and boring? No problem! GP Kartways can easily handle events with 200+ guests. The 5,000 sq ft Corporate Lounge & Meeting Centre, and the 4,500 sq ft reception, café, & entertainment zone are perfect venues for tossing away the ties and letting loose with co-workers (just remember to let the boss win a race or two).

Large corporate event bookings are based on blocks of track time and the number of guests involved. A typical booking of a full day of racing for 200 racers will work out to a mere $37.50 per person.

You can build your own event program and tailor it to your budget or choose one of GP Kartway’s packages.

Small Corporate Events

Just because you don’t have a huge staff doesn’t mean you can’t treat your employees to a day of racing go karts in Toronto. Small businesses are absolutely welcome at GP Kartways and are treated every bit as good as their larger counterparts.

Don’t just come in for a day of racing, try one of our structured packages that give your event the entire Grand Prix Race experience, complete with track announcements over the loudspeakers as racers take their starting positions in a grid format just like the real races. Enjoy the colour commentary throughout the race and watch the winners do their post-race victory laps and celebrate on the podium.

Mini Grand Prix Package – $49 per person Monday to Friday (excluding Friday evenings) or $59 per person Friday evenings, weekends and holidays + harmonized sales tax (HST). This includes two racing sessions per guest: a 14-lap qualifying race and a 16-lap championship or class final race. It requires approximately 1.5 hours to complete for groups of 12 to 24 people.

Grand Prix Package – $69 per person Monday to Friday (excluding Friday evenings) or $79 per person Friday evenings, weekends and holidays  + HST. This package includes three racing sessions per guest: a 12-lap practice session; a 14-lap qualifying race and a 16-lap championship or class final race. It requires about two hours to complete the entire package for groups of 12 to 24 guests.

Super Grand Prix Package – $99 per person Monday to Friday (excluding Friday evenings) or $109 per person Friday evenings, weekends and holidays + HST. This package includes five racing sessions per guest, with two 12-lap practice sessions, two 14-lap qualifying races, and a 16-lap championship or class final race.  It requires approximately three hours for a group of 12 to 24 guests, so clear your calendar and come race with us.

Racing formats are up to the event organizer so they can make sure everyone enjoys themselves to the fullest during the rented time. You can also book your group during public racing hours and purchase individual race sessions if that makes more sense for you.

Exclusive Track Closures

For when you just need to take over the entire track for your group, GP Kartways offers the following deals:

  • One hour block M-F excluding Friday evenings: $1,500
  • One hour block Friday evening, weekends and holidays: $2,400
  • ½ day block M-F excluding Friday evenings: $4,000
  • ½ day block Friday evening, weekends and holidays: $6,500
  • Full day block M-F excluding Friday evenings: $7,500
  • Full day block Friday evening, weekends and holidays: $12,000

Exclusive Track Closure prices means the track is for use exclusively by your group. These do not include HST. The number of guests per block is not restricted, but for a general rule of thumb, approximately 60 racers will be able to compete per hour rented.

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Go Karts Toronto

The half-day block includes three hours of race track time with the track decorated with corporate event banners in your corporate colours. You get championship trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Grand Prix final race and 1st place for each preceding class final series. A maximum of 72 racers is recommended for the half-day events.

The full day block includes six hours of racing with a lunch in between sessions. You get a full set of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies for the Grand Prix final race, as well as 1st place for each preceding class final series. A maximum of 144 racers is recommended, however arrangements can be made for larger groups by tailoring the racing format.

Take a break from the busy and walk away from the work for a while by taking a spin around the premier go karts track in Toronto. It’s the ultimate way to celebrate a product or sales launch, show appreciation for customers or employees, build team camaraderie or just take a much need break from the grind (and beat your co-workers on the track, don’t forget that). Visit GPK today or call us at (647) 496-5838 to book your next event.


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The Science of Braking in a Go Kart Toronto

Toronto’s Grand Prix Kartways is dedicated to safety. Obviously, one of the main aspects of safety is being able to stop the karts when you need to and that’s where the brakes come into play.

The electric go kart in Toronto, built by OTL of Italy, are like a combination of Ferrari meets go kart, carrying on the grand tradition of Italian auto design and manufacturing. They feature double self-ventilating disc brakes with a double brake cable (one main and one backup) and double back hydraulic brake calipers.

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Go Kart Toronto

How does it work?

First, let’s look at the components of the brakes:
  • Brake Pads
  • Calipers
  • Piston
  • Brake Discs (Rotor)

To understand braking on a go kart, it helps to imagine how braking is done on a bicycle, where you can easily see the brakes. A bicycle brake has a set of brake pads that squeezes the tire (usually) and stops it from spinning. These pads are controlled by a set of calipers that create the squeezing motion when they are activated by a cable on the handlebars.

In the disc brakes on a go kart in Toronto, the brake pads squeeze the brake discs (sometimes called the rotor) rather than directly squeezing the wheel like on a bicycle (although some of the more expensive bicycles do have disc brakes similar to vehicles).

The squeezing motion in a disc brake is activated by hydraulics. The hydraulics activate a piston, which in turn engages the calipers that hold the brake pads and the entire mechanism squeezes the rotor, which makes the wheel stop spinning.

What is happening?

The go kart’s forward momentum is kinetic energy. The brakes need to get rid of that kinetic energy to stop the kart’s momentum and ultimately stop it from moving. Therefore, the brakes “take” the kart’s kinetic energy and turn it into a different kind of energy. In a disc brake, the kinetic energy is turned into heat energy, which is generated by the friction between the brake pads and the rotor.

Go Kart Toronto

Go Kart Toronto

In the case of the go kart’s brakes, the discs are ventilated, meaning they have air vents built into them. This helps dissipate the heat generated by braking and allows the brakes to cool quicker and easier than if they were not ventilated.

Grand Prix Kartways performs regular maintenance on its karts, making sure that all braking components are working properly for optimum safety. When brake components look like they are getting worn out, they are immediately replaced. The safety of our customers is our top priority, followed closely by our commitment to their enjoyment.

By employing the best in braking technology, Grand Prix Kartways ensures that your go kart in Toronto outing is a safe and fun time for the entire family. Go as fast as you want knowing that you can stop when you need to. Visit Grand Prix Kartways today.

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What is the Secret to being Fast when Go-karting in Toronto?

Sure, everybody wants to be fast but what you want and what actually happens are two different things. Many racers think that putting your foot to the floor is the surest bet to getting fast lap times. In fact, this is one of the worst ways to approach your go-karting in Toronto. So what makes you faster? There’s really no ONE thing. Rather, the “secret” to being fast is a combination of good practices that, when applied skillfully and put to good use, can catapult you to the front of the pack every time.

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You might think that this little detail is beyond your control but, with some observation, it’s easy to figure out which kart is fast and which isn’t. All it takes is a bit of time watching the races prior to yours. Make note of which karts are consistently at the front of the pack. Chances are, those are the karts that are fast. It’s also good to pay attention to which go karts are skidding the most. It may be driver error but it also may be that the tires are getting low and losing traction. Create a list of three or four karts that are consistently in the lead and then make a bee-line for one when it’s your turn to race. Fast go-karting in Toronto starts with a fast machine but remember, even the fastest go kart will come in last if it’s not piloted correctly.

Try not to skid

Skidding is one of those things that can kill a fast lap time – even in the fastest go kart on the track. Skidding causes a decrease in forward momentum that can seriously lower your times on the track. Going in to a corner, you’re often better off letting up on the gas just a bit in order to maintain control. Skidding lowers your speed way more than actively adjusting in order to remain in control. Controlling your speed through the corners also allows you to return to full speed quicker than you would if you skidded.

Smooth steering

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Smooth steering goes a long way to reducing the tendency to skid. New go kart drivers in Toronto typically oversteer which causes the kart to lose momentum and speed and can eat precious seconds off your lap times. Think about making small moves with the steering wheel rather than big ones. At the speeds you’re traveling, the smallest move can have a big effect where the kart is headed. A go kart that travels along a straight line is much faster than a go kart that zig-zags right and left around the track.

Pick a good line

Find the path through the curve that requires the least amount of steering and the least reduction in speed. You’re looking for a smooth movement through the turn that allows for quick acceleration at the end. On a hairpin turn, for example, you’ll have to do some drastic steering and lose a lot of speed as a result if you try to hug the inside barrier all the way around. On the other hand, you can keep your steering small and lose just a little speed by going from the outside wall to the outside wall making a more sweeping turn. This definitely requires some forethought and set up and, as mentioned, it may require that you let off the accelerator a bit to make it happen, but the result will be far more beneficial than any other method.

So the “secret” to being fast when go-karting in Toronto is a combination of picking a fast machine, using the accelerator effectively, steering smoothly, and maintaining good lines through the curves. With these tips and a little practice, you can be on top of the leaderboard again and again. Master the secret to being fast. Visit GPK today!

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What You Need To Know Before You Go Go Karting in Toronto

Go Karting in Toronto

Go Karting in Toronto

Go kart racing is the fastest growing form of motorsports in the world because it provides an adrenaline pumping experience in a safe environment for all ages. Even professional racers use go kart tracks for a training ground. They give people the chance to feel what it would be like to be a professional racer. Go karting in Toronto draws both aspiring racers and thrill seekers. Because the driving experience is fun but intense, there are things you should know before you get in the driver’s seat.

Sitting Correctly in a Go Kart

The way you sit in the go kart is very important. The very first thing you should do is set the seat belt to a comfortable level, keeping it snug. Slide the seat as far forward as you feel comfortable. This will shift your body weight to the front of the go kart and will allow your front wheels to get more grip. The go kart will handle according to how you’re sitting in it. Don’t pull yourself up and out of the seat. Go karts don’t have suspension to help provide traction. They rely on weight transfer to provide the needed traction in a turn.

Holding the Wheel Correctly

It is also very important to know how to hold the wheel of a go kart correctly. The lowest you should hold the steering wheel during your go karting in Toronto is at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position, and the highest being 10 o’clock and 2 o;clock position. Your hands should be symmetrically placed on the wheel. Make sure you always keep your hands in the same place while driving or you could cause the go kart to become unstable. Knowing how to steer properly will make you a better driver and will increase the efficiency of the go kart. Hold the wheel loosely so you don’t impact the handling and don’t over or understeer.

Be Smooth with the Controls

Go kart drivers in Toronto know that to be effective at driving, you have to be smooth with all the controls including the steering wheel, throttle, and brakes. Slamming on the accelerator will cause the go kart to slide and jerk, which actually slows you down. Accelerate and brake smoothly to retain momentum. Smoother is faster around the race track.

Understanding Kart Racing Lines

The driving line is extremely important in go karting in Toronto. You want to drive in big arcs and avoid turning too sharply. In a 180-degree hairpin turn, you want to set up with a wide entry and then come in within inches of the inside barrier during the apex of the turn before you drift wide out on the exit. Drivers that are really fast at the track have mastered the racing lines. The racing lines for a go kart track should take into account the approach, the braking point, the turn-in point, apex and exit point. To establish a racing line, you need to remember that sometimes the fastest line through a corner won’t be ideal for your overall speed on the track. Also, you have to keep in mind the transitions between all the corners on the track.

Drive Path should be Wide Arcs

Go karting in Toronto drivers will tell you that when driving go karts you should strive to carry as much momentum as possible around the track. The best way to carry momentum is by using wide lines around the track that allow you to carry more exit speed. Always use the whole track to maximize a wider arc. This will help you avoid contact with barriers which will scrub off your speed.

Understanding how to Brake

Always do your braking in a straight line, which will keep the back end of the go kart from stepping out or going sideways. Late breaking will cause you to miss the apex of the turn, where you transition from entering the turn into exiting the turn. Make sure before you go into a turn that you are beginning to release the brakes. If you find yourself spinning, you are holding onto the brakes too long. After you hit the brakes then release the pressure.

Turning and Keeping up the Momentum

In corners that require the driver to slow down, you want to brake early and accelerate through the turn, which will keep up your momentum. Remember to keep your entry and exit of the turn as wide as possible. Right before the turn, swing to the outside of the track. Then keep to the innermost part of the track while in the turn. When you enter the straightaway again, swing back out to the outside of the track. Always remember, enter turns slow and exit turns fast.

Enter Turns Slow, Exit Turns Fast

Go Kart drivers in Toronto know the secret to being the fastest on the track is all about how you handle the turn. It’s all about breaking right before you enter the turn and then releasing the brake. This will allow you to enter the turn slowly. Once you are inside the turn, then you want to push on the accelerator as you are about to leave the turn. This will allow you to exit back onto the straightaway faster than the other drivers. This is the single most important tip of fast go karting.

Limit the Sliding in your Turns

Go Karting in Toronto

Go Karting in Toronto

If the front wheels start to slide it will cause you to lose momentum and scrub off speed. If this happens, lift off the gas and allow the front tires to gain grip. This will help you to catch your apex and stay in the inside groove. Remember, breaking gently will prevent sliding. Breaking too hard can cause the rear axle to lock up and will cause you to slide. Control your front tire grip so your go kart stays in the line you want.

Minimize Time Spent with the Go Kart going Sideways

Keeping your braking limited to only straight lines will keep the go kart from going sideways. If you are sideways, you will be fighting the friction with the tires and this will rob you of your momentum. The only way you’re going to set your best time during your go karting in Toronto is to minimize the time spent going sideways.

Go kart drivers know another little trick to maximize their chances of getting their best lap time. Go kart tires will heat up and gain additional grip after a few laps, and they will gradually get better throughout the race. This means your best opportunity to get the fastest lap will happen in the second half of the race.

Now that you know what you need to do before your go karting in Toronto adventure, head on to Grand Prix Kartways and practice your best lap time. Visit us today!

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