If you’ve never sat behind the grubby, awkwardly small steering wheel of a two-engine glorified lawnmower, smashing against your friends’ karts, navigating a patchy track and avoiding rubber tyre barricades, all while rushing to a finish line of little importance- you’re missing out.

For car and racing enthusiasts go-karting is an enthralling pastime. For novices, it can be a scary experience {only at first, of course!}. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, here are three best spots to hit up.

F9 Go Karting

Started in 2010, F9 Go Karting has a large track and comfortable seating for viewers. Demarcated by white and red tyres, the track is a wide, well-designed path for three to four racers, making for an interesting race {due to the ample room available for you to try and overtake your opponents}. They even offer different karts depending on the clientele, as all their equipment is personally sourced and comes in various shapes, sizes and designs.

You can also book four karts and a track for an hour at INR 10,500, making F9 a great spot for a weekend chill session with a large group of buddies.

Where: Sector 17-18 Link Road, (near IFFCO Chowk), Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: MG Road

Timings: 1pm – 10pm

Price: INR 250 for 7 laps, INR 350 for 10 laps, INR 500 for 16 laps

Contact: +91 9818048655, +91 8826738655 or email f9gokarting@gmail.com

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Wonder Speedway

Situated in the Worlds of Wonder amusement park, Wonder Speedway is considered India’s first professional two-stroke karting track. With three varied track options to practice on, and a range of instructors who will educate you, they offer first-timers a good introduction to the world of karting.

Choose from mean machines such as the Twin Engine Pro Kart, Duet Kart and the Single Seater. On special request, they can also arrange for race karts or custom-modified karts.

Where: Wonder Speedway, Worlds of Wonder, A-2, Sector-38, Noida

Nearest Metro Station: Botanical Garden

Timings: 12pm – 8pm

Price: INR 400 for three minutes

Contact: 0120 4650453, +91 9968146687

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Speedy Singh’s Go Karting

Probably the most interesting and grungy track, Speedy Singh’s Go Karting is located in Pacific Mall’s parking lots. The look and feel of the location makes you feel like you’re partaking in an underground drag race and really adds to the race experience.

If you’re travelling in a large group you can also book the entire track, though with a group of under 10 people they recommend you just visit and pay individually.

Where: J Level Parking, II Floor, Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Subhash Nagar

Timings: 11am – 9pm {Mondays to Fridays}

Price: INR 200 for 4 laps, INR 400 for 9 laps, INR 500 for 15 laps

Contact: +91 9811999096

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Note: One of our favourite childhood hangouts, 32nd Milestone, also has a go-karting track. Unfortunately they are undergoing renovations on the track, and will tentatively reopen in a few months. Stay tuned!