Need For Speed? Here's Where You Can Rev Up Your Race Car Driving Dreams

Mahesh posted on 29 August

Ten-Second Takeaway

Beginners should start their adventure into race-car driving with go-karting. Go-karts are basic, cheap and non-geared, but the dynamics are similar to of a race-cart. No, I’m not just speaking of those at malls, but you should start specific are difficult to handle. Not just at the mall. Go for specific training. These go-karts are high performance, and aren’t not available to the normal public, unless you are a trained driver. Here’s how to get started.

Rayo Racing, Kharadi

Rayo Racing in Pune has been started by Rayomen Banerjee from Mumbai. He coaches the top driver, and has an experience of 35-40 years. At Rayo Racing, they have different summer camps and full-time camps where interested people visit, get training, and based on the racer’s calibre, they will placed in a racing event, and eventually a team.

Types of events: LGB, 16000, open need, go karting. {catergories – easiest is FMSCI junior championship + MRF junior championship categories website, internationnall FIA}

This is a great place for someone to start off, as Rayo gives your career a kickstart and sets it into motion. Till now, your entire future, rolling motion, kickstart. He has got people under his wing – two national champions one in go karting and one in rallying. Find out more here.

Gautam Singhania's Drift School

At a slightly higher-level than Rayo Racing, this is a drift school by racer Gautam Singhania. Here, you can learn to drift and do stunts with your car but must have some experience in driving as that is what you will be judged on before entering. You will not be provided with the cars, but have to drive your own car around their track.


We all know Smaaash for its bowling alley, cricket centre and go-karting. But what we didn’t is that Rayo Racing sets up camps in different venues of Smaaash every once in a while. So, if you are not willing to devote the time to go up till Kharadi in Pune, you can train for a bit with their trainers, and drive with the electric go-karts at Smaaash itself.

Follow Smaaash’s page here to be updated about the camps.

Volkswagen Motorsport India

This is a little more complicated than just joining a racing school, but it is a fast track way to get a professional racing career started. The Volkswagen people organise an Ameo Cup, in which the top 20 drivers from different cities are chosen {after they race}. These top 20 are pitted against each other at a knockout challenge in Kharadi, Pune. If you win the Ameo Cup then you get to drive some of fastest cars in the country.

Follow them here for details.