BEFORE EVERYONE GRILLS ME....I know F1 Boston does not have electric karts. I meant to say "like K1 Speed or Pole Position". Please forgive me. I have been to many tracks.
List to date:
- F1 Boston, Braintree, MA (gas karts)_
- Pole Position, Oklahoma City, OK (electric karts)
- GoPro Motorplex, Mooresville, NC (gas karts 50+ mph!)
- Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting, Hatfield, MA (gas karts)
- K1 Speed Boston, Wilmington, MA (electric karts)
- K1 Speed Albany, Albany, NY (electric, but now permanently closed)
- Autobahn Indoor Speedway, Hadley, MA (electric karts)
Overall, the track is enjoyable. I will say that the customer service was much better my second time there, which was a few weeks after it opened. The facility has 4-5 large commercial style garage doors that are open during business hours so that passer-bys in the mall see what's going on. I have always seen curious people pull up a seat alongside the track, so having a crowd is always fun.
The track itself is could have been better designed for speed. I think speed is what regular customers without racing experience want to feel. However, for the racer, the esses prove to be challenging on this LeMans style track. Each turn varies in angle and shapes, creating critical apexes for a good setup into the next turn. In these heavy karts, it is very important not to scrub speed through these turns.
The karts themselves seem to be inconsistent. Adult races and junior races typically alternate, so following a junior race shouldn't result in much heat build up on track, however my second session of the day resulted in about a 3.5 tenth drop in lap times. The whole field was consistent however, which leads me to believe that the karts may be serviced by "row" as they are parked. My second session was in a kart from a different row, which could have had slightly different tire pressures, or more worn out tires. I noticed the tires in my second kart were crowing, a sign of over inflation. I know rentals typically have higher pressures, but the crowing results in less contact with the track, and excessive pressure will cause the kart to hop too.
The track is fun, having a crowd is cool, but you'll have to see for yourself that indoor karting is a blast. Be sure to try out some of the other area facilities as well....not naming any names....but there's one on my list above that is LOCALLY OWNED.
Best lap today: 20.788
At time of publish: 4th best of the week, 7th of the month, and 33rd of the year.