“I am an artist. The track is my canvas, and the car is my brush.”
– Triple Crown of Motorsport Winner, Graham Hill
The moment you step into your kart is when you begin to feel what so many of the world’s greatest drivers have felt before you. Michael Schumacher, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton, Danica Patrick, and so many other legendary names got their start on local karting circuits. Whether this is your first time behind the wheel or whether you’ve lost count, there’s an unmistakable thrill to open-wheel, electric kart racing.
Karting began in the garage of racecar builder, Art Ingels, who built the first go-kart out of spare parts and an old lawnmower engine for his son in 1956. It’s our guess that kart racing began as soon as the second kart was completed. It’s just the way the competitive spirit works, and karts proved to be too fun to leave to the kids. After word spread of Art’s two-stroke genius creation, engineers, mechanics, and hobbyists began constructing their own karts, bending and welding steel-tube chassis to craft an array of karts that improved upon Art’s simple original design.
As early as 1957, the first organized races began being held in the parking lot of the historic Rose Bowl stadium. Those expanded shortly thereafter, and the audience for karting grew rapidly. Kart circuits started popping up across the United States, and in 1961, the American Society of Planning Officials singled out go-karting as an up-and-coming trend. Its popularity continued to increase throughout the 1970s and spread across the Atlantic where Italian, French, and German engineers would try their hand at perfecting the gas kart. It was also in European workshops that the first electric go-karts originated in the 1990s. And for the first time in karting history, indoor racing emerged.
Electric go-karts have caught on in recent years because they are quicker and much easier to maintain than gas karts. The motors are more efficient and have fewer moving parts than their gas-powered cousins, and they deliver immediate torque to the drivetrain, resulting in blistering-fast acceleration. For acceleration and handling, nothing can match the performance of an electric go-kart. In addition, they are zero-emission vehicles, so they are eco-friendly and can run indoors without releasing any fumes. In a town like Frisco, this makes all the difference in the Summer months when the temperatures creep above 100!
Kartland runs a state-of-the-art fleet of electric-powered karts, year-round, in our 50,000-square-foot, fully air-conditioned facility. Needing less maintenance and with a full-time kart mechanic on staff, our karts spend more time out on the track chasing after personal bests and less time in the shop.
Our adult go-karts represent the future of karting. Millions of dollars were spent to develop their technology to peak performance standards. Each high-torque motor rates at 18 horsepower. Compare that to gas-powered karts, which average around six horsepower. This improved power-to-weight ratio results in much faster and more responsive acceleration. Every system on the kart is electronically adjustable, and we continuously monitor performance to ensure that every kart operates at an equally high standard.