Looking to do something a little different? Round up your friends and live life in the fast lane. We check out The Karting Arena!
Talk of a new karting spot has been going around for a few months now and when our homegirl Claire Jedrek shared the news that The Karting Arena is finally open, I did a good shimmy and shake! I’ve never tried my hand at karting before and I was really excited to hit the tracks (check out my ecstatic face above!) because hey, who knows, there might just be an F1 driver in me waiting to be unleashed?
So last week, Sassy Mama Editor Kate and I got up bright and early in our best sporting gear for a spin at The Karting Arena. This much-anticipated fun karting facility is the brainchild of Yuey Tan, a Porsche Carrera Cup Asia driver, who also happens to be Claire’s fiancé. Together with Claire as Marketing and PR Director, this couple is blowing past the pack in full speed – #relationshipgoals. The duo has set a new standard in karting by making the sport fun and accessible for everyone.
Girls, don’t worry about breaking that nail or hitting the track walls. The Karting Arena puts the safety of all their patrons first and the cars have been subjected to strict safety inspection standards that are equivalent to that of roller coasters at the Universal Studios Singapore. Cars are inspected daily and can be slowed down or put to a halt by the crew in the event of an emergency. The track is also lined with TECPRO barriers – the same solid barriers that are used during the Formula 1 races!
Before we headed out to the circuit, Kate and I picked out our helmets (full-faced ones are available too). Leave your anti-bacterial wipes and sanitisers at home girls because at The Karting Arena, helmets are cleaned with high-tech ionizers used by F1 drivers. So don’t worry about smelly and yucky helmets!
We were then shown a quick and detailed safety video starring Yuey and Claire (of course). Because we both had our driving licenses, we were able to drive at the maximum speed of 50km/h. However, if you don’t own a license and would prefer to take it slow, you will be limited to a speed of 30km/h. Yuey currently holds the best record on the leaderboard so have a try and see if you can beat his record of 31.81 seconds!
As we approached the karts, my excitement level skyrocketed! I was curious to see how good I’d be on the tracks and the goal was to ultimately beat Kate have fun. We kicked off the first few laps at 30km/h because Claire wanted us to have a good feel of the tracks and the speed. After a few rounds, she upped the speed to 50km/h! Now, this was where it got really thrilling. I significantly felt the pick up and acceleration within seconds and at every turn I was really working my arm muscles!
Within minutes we were given the signal to finish our last lap (yes, I was trailing behind Kate) and as I slowly made my way into the pit lane, I couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear. The experience was so exhilarating and the adrenaline rush from the laps lasted a good 15 minutes after we went off the tracks. Kate beat me real good this time, coming in at least 10 seconds ahead of me! Looks like I have to kiss my dreams of being an F1 race driver goodbye…
But not before this happy loser leaves you with a huge thumbs up on your session at The Karting Arena.
Important Things to Note:
- To drive in 50km/h sessions, you must bring a valid bike or driver’s license
- No loose clothing (such as scarves, skirts, dresses, etc)
- During karting, a helmet must be worn at all times (helmets provided)
- Long hair must be tucked inside helmet (hairnets provided)
- Must not be pregnant
- Drivers must be a minimum 1.4m tallMust wear enclosed shoes (will not be permitted to drive without)
- For safety reasons, during bad weather (eg, rain, thunderstorms), karting will be suspended
The Karting Arena is located at 200 Turf Club Road, #01-01B The Grandstand (South Carpark), located just behind The Tennis Club.
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun, 10am – 10pm.
How Much: First timers pay $50, including a onetime registration fee, 2 simulator rides, and 1 track circuit. Subsequent circuits are $25 (Tue-Thu) and $30 (Fri-Sun). Group Bookings start from $1,498 with GST.
Who can drive: Children and adults without a valid driver’s license are restricted to 30km/h; licensed drivers can opt for the 50km/h car.
The Karting Arena, 200 Turf Club Road, #01-01B The Grandstand (South Carpark), Singapore 287994, Tel: (+65) 9627 6771, www.thekartingarena.com
All fabulous photos courtesy of Sugarlight Photography. Thank you, Gunilla!