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K1 Speed, Carlsbad

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  • A local friend took me there for the first time. Not my first indoor track, but K-1. Layout was good, karts were fast enough for the audience. Run groups were mixed which meant a lot of slower drivers...  more »
  • I took all 6 grandkids, ranging in age from 8 to 18, bought them the 3 race tickets and turned them loose. The 3 younger ones raced against each other while the 3 older ones competed against each othe...  more »
  • Have been there twice , both for parties. It is so much fun and very exciting. My only complaint is that the wait if extremely long, and they do not take reservations. Only reservations for large part...  more »
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  • This is the best indoor electric rental karting experience. They have a safe format that rewards great drivers. They also offer an Adult GP Race league on the first sun of each month. The GP race league is made up of the better drivers at each K1 race center. They also offer parties for birthdays and team building business events. I do not work for K1. I am a regular patron and racing enthusiast.
  • Fantastic kart racing. The staff are courteous and professional, they go out of their way to make sure that you have the best racing experience possible. For the best high-speed cornering, g-forces against your body, and in a great environment you have to try this place
  • Great entertainment for kids and adults. Electric go-carts are much faster than what you would normally find at Boomers and alike. You can actually acquire some basic racing skills.
  • Loved that they had "manual" transmission carts! Apparently they're somewhat new. They're set up as paddle shifters. Unfortunately, the first race I did, they limited my cart to 2 gears instead of 3. Second race I got to use all 3 gears (because I asked) and was able to improve my times. Third race I apparently did not have the option to use one of the manual carts, as they had to charge or something. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed the added dimension of shifting while racing. I deducted a star for the fact that they did not have a water fountain and apparently no free water as well as the fact that they didn't run very smoothly. You can get quite parched after a few races and they seemingly want to force you into their drinks. (*Note, I don't know California law, but most states require free water in some fashion.) There was a bunch of down time between races for a while instead of sending one group out as the other finished. They started to get them running quicker as the night went on, but by the point I was about finished.
  • I love this place. This is the second K1 I've been too and they both were amazing. Only complaint is the wait time to drive. If your looking to have fun with a group of friends give this place a try.

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