Fastrax to Open Indoor Electric Vehicle Race Track in New York

APR 30 2013 BY STAFF 12

Imagine strapping on three-point harnesses and sliding a helmet over your noggin before lapping a 1/4-mile track at near-breakneck speeds.  Then, imagine that it’s indoor, under the lights and behind the wheel of an electric racer.

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Okay, so maybe these aren’t the fastest vehicles out there, but at 50 mph while sitting practically on the concrete, there are few thrill rides that compare.

These aren’t your typical go-karts.  Obviously, they are capable of speeds few go-karts on indoor track could ever match.  But, most importantly, these 6-foot long machines are pure electric.

Who’s behind this electric racing action?  A company by the name of Fastrax who says it’ll open its first indoor electric racing circuit (called Fastrax Raceway Indoor Karting Center) in June at Crossgates Commons in Albany, NY.

This ain’t a one and done.

Fastrax says it’ll open several more indoor electric karting venues throughout the Northeast in the coming years.

Why electric?  Well, for anyone who’s ever karted indoors, the stench of unburnt fuel is intoxicating and not in a good sort of way.  If it’s inside, then it aught to be electric.  At least that’s what we say.

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We also have a Pole Position at DestiNY mall in Syracuse. Same deal, plus they have stools for people to sit and watch/cheer. My kids love watching these go karts zip around.

Yes, they go 45mph and are a blast to drive.

We’ve got pole position in Vegas too, I went once, it was fun but since I’m not an aggressive race driver, I finished way behind everyone else.

My kids drove electric go carts before I owned my Volt, at a place called Velocity 17 in NJ on Route 17 North.


I always loved the carts. Maybe this would be a good venue in Phx….I wonder what a cart costs. I bet it is expensive.

K1 Speed appears to have indoor tracks in PHX…

Typical kart race costs about $20, so not cheap, but you can get better deals buy pre-paying for more races.

K1 Speed has quite a few locations, all with electric karts.

Having raced a couple different indoor kart tracks with both electric/gas karts, the electric karts are far better. Not only do you not walk away smelling like 2-stroke fuel, the electric karts have far more torque out of the corners, higher top speeds and much more consistent performance.

The gas karts feel like the Autopia ride at Disneyland after driving the electric karts.

I think the karts use lead-acid batteries – I always wonder how fast a lithium powered kart would go (yes, I know that a proper gas kart is insanely fast).

Yeh Dave R I think I remember an article about that in the AZ Republic some time ago.
I should get my old lazy ass down to Phx and check it out.

In addition to the exhaust issue, these EV racers should be superior to their gas counterparts by offering instant max power & torque, a much simpler design that requires less maintenance, and much lower fuel costs.

Once the R&D is done, deciding to use EV tech seems like a no-brainer.

All go-karts should be electric. I’ve ridden plenty of go-karts. Deafening and stinky lawnmower engines suck in general. Besides, add wifi and you can throttle down or stop bad apples who can’t help trying to flip other drivers. Yeah, I’ve been that guy. Not proud.

These Italian-made electric carts are great. There are two SpeedRaceway sites in the Philadelphia area. They don’t let you run the carts to full speed but they do run pretty fast and corner well. Well worth at least one visit. One of my son’s friends works at one and says he’s heard the carts cost about $100,000 each.

Does anybody know the number too call them