By Formula K Raceways
The rise in demand for electric karts increased when the concept of
indoor karting amusements became popular. Recently, the outdoor market
has been quick to recognize the advantages of using electric karts in
their facilities as well. An electric kart requires about 50% less maintenance
and labor than traditional gas karts and tracks.
An electric kart’s efficient, robust motor means fewer moving parts
and a lower chance of failure.
A lower failure rate leads to less down time and less labor costs.
A better, more efficient go-kart leads to lower needs for parts inventory
and labor to maintain.
The exhilaration and consistency of the ride that an electric kart
provides will enhance satisfaction of the driver, which will lead to
repeat customers, and a more enjoyable experience.
An electric kart meets the needs of all drivers, and unlike traditional
go-karts, is able to accommodate large, tall, or child-size drivers
(50" to 7’). Outdoor FEC’s are realizing the market is changing and
what was the norm in go-karts a few years ago simply will not compare
to the added performance of an electric kart.
New amusement facilities are opening all over the country with the
emphasis on go-karts and a number of existing locations are adding electric
karts to their facilities. They are capitalizing on the year-round benefits
of indoor FEC’s and opening indoor tracks.
Electric karts provide a low maintenance motor, which allows longer
running times at your track or facility. Noise or air pollution is not
an issue. Conversion kits are available for karts with Honda or Briggs
motors. With the conversion kits, existing tracks have all the benefits
of electric without having to lose any existing investments in chassis
or chassis parts.
CHOOSING YOUR FACILITY
The expenses of locating, leasing or purchasing, retrofitting, and operating
the building will be far exceed the costs of the karts, the business
trade fixtures and systems.
Electric karts do not require a freestanding building. They are quiet
and clean enough to be a good common wall neighbor within a building
or strip mall.
You lease only the amount of space needed to establish your business,
not an entire building.
The Fire Marshall will not dictate expensive or impossible controls
for flammable fuels. There are no hazardous materials.
OSHA will not require massive and expensive ventilation of fumes or
pollutants, which also removes your winter heating or summer cooling.
Cities require on-site electrical inspections of your track. Our products
use only UL approved components, which make UL certification inspections
As a common tenant, you will not be solely responsible for the building
expenses (repairs, roof, insurance, maintenance, grounds, parking, etc.).
You can select a location that has other businesses providing access
to your demographics.
Your indoor go-kart facility is an asset to the neighbors and community
because the building requirements are simple enough to use a well-located
grocery, furniture or department store that has been empty and is perceived
as community blight.
Your indoor go-kart facility will draw the hardest demographic to get
to go shopping . . . young and middle aged men (and their sons and daughters).
Open evenings and late on weekends, you provide quality foot traffic
for your neighbor tenants.
WHY AN ELECTRIC KART?
Environmentally Friendly Karts = A Fresh, Wholesome Image
— Many people talk about the environment these days, but few are actually
doing anything about it. Now, communities and ongoing legislation are
demanding changes. With the ecologically friendly electric karts, your
customers are presented with a clean environment in which to experience
all the speed and thrills of a conventional racetrack indoors, but with
none of the negatives of air and noise pollution. You can provide an
upscale, exciting and healthful environment conducive to recreation
for both the family and the business community. Electric karts are the
future of racing.
Zero Emissions = Clean Air and Lower Operating Costs
— Gas powered indoor karting facilities must bear the initial cost of
an expensive air handling system that attempts to eliminate noxious
and deadly gasses emitted by internal combustion engines. Beyond the
initial costs, there are continuous increased operational expenses.
The very system designed to refresh and replenish the inside air, is
in fact removing seasonal climate controls. Track operators must balance
these opposing efforts and the results are that the air in these facilities
is still contaminated! Electric karts emit no air pollution whatsoever.
City codes and inspectors meet the approval of electric go-kart tracks
or facilities, however, with gas karts, they have previously denied
or not passed the rigorous standards of city codes.
Whisper Quiet Operation = Longer Operating Hours
— When you first enter a conventional karting facility, the roar of
the karts fills you with excitement – for about five minutes. After
that, the loud, incessant droning is more likely to give you a headache.
Customers there to enjoy the facility are driven away. There is no way
to bring the noise level of gas engine karts down to an acceptable level.
Electric karts on the other hand create almost no noise, except a pleasant
high-pitched whine like an F-1 racecar. This translates to longer operating
hours and fewer complaints from your crew, customers and neighbors.
Electrical Power = Reduced Costs and Elimination of Hazards
— The operation of internal combustion karts requires fuels such as
gasoline, propane, or methanol. The fuel must be purchased, delivered,
stored, dispensed, and handled on-site. In many instances, local or
state authorities will not allow this indoors and is regulated extensively
on outdoor tracks. In addition, oils and lubricants must be properly
handled and legally disposed. Electric karts use no gas or oil. This
means no fumes, no spills, no air pollution, and none of the hazards
or related costs associated with toxic liquids. Electric karts need
no "re-fueling", translating to fewer man-hours and fewer hazards. Automatic
pit-lane charging brings the karts to full racing capacity in a matter
of minutes, and the electricity used to run an electric kart costs considerably
less than gasoline. Electric kart batteries are UL rated and fully recyclable.
Fewer Moving Parts = Lower Maintenance Costs
— Electric motors have lower maintenance costs than gasoline engines.
This translates into savings for you, as fewer repairs are needed. Our
custom-built motors need no maintenance and run for years before needing
a simple brush and bearing replacement. Combined with superior chassis,
design, and strength, our karts give years of service. The use of dry
lead acid batteries means there is no need to deal with messy, toxic
acid. Our batteries are 30% more efficient and cheaper than any readily
available on the market. Extremely long lasting, and the available power
stays constant to provide thousands of exciting races. Just pennies
per race, we have the most efficient cost saving battery. The belt drive
never needs adjustment. It may need to be replaced once a year, but
imagine the savings in time, money, and headaches that a year with no
drive chain adjustment can mean to you.
Faster Acceleration = More Thrills!
— Electric karts cannot only match gas karts for top speed on straight-a-ways,
their low-end power and quickness provide head-snapping acceleration
throughout the entire range of speeds. Instead of a "live solid axle",
electric karts have unique, custom-built differential that amplifies
the kart’s turning response, improves handling, engine performance and
battery life. The resulting performance makes for a truly exhilarating
Remote controlled, Safer, Saner and more Fun!
— Our electric karts feature state-of-the-art radio controlled emergency
shut-off and pit speed reduction. The radio control allows track personnel
to control the track speeds before, during, and after a race. The pit
lane speed allows the customers to enter and exit the charge rail grid
safely. The system can also be used to penalize individual drivers who
have made intentional infractions of track rules, by remotely cutting
their kart’s power in half. Speeds are fully adjustable to suit your
Whether an electric kart is used in a dedicated karting facility or
as a mid-size attraction in a FEC, the requirements remain constant
Electricity supply for charging: 6 KVA per kart
(30 amps @ 230v single phase)
(60 amps @ 110v single phase)
Charger systems: 18" wide x 8" high x 12" deep per charger, optional
custom charging rack stores chargers Chargers: have a 1:1 ratio with
a maximum run time of 15 minutes at high speeds
Auto Charge Pick-Up: installed in every kart, which shortens labor
intense plug-in systems that other manufacturers use, reducing expense
to operator and increasing turn around time
Charge Rail System: (1 segment per kart), 56" wide x 77.5" long x 5"
tall, reference spec, cut and installation manuals for complete details
Charge Rail System Automatic Pick-Up: in combination with the charger
automatically senses connection once the 48v kart parks in the pit lane
Standard building structure for indoor operation: no additional sound
proofing or ventilation systems
Noise levels outside building: 45Db or ambient level if greater
Noise levels indoors 3 foot away from kart: 68Db;
Noise levels @ 100 feet from kart: 38Db;
Noise levels @ 200 feet from kart: 32Db;
Noise levels can be as much as 50% less in Db levels of gas karts.
Formula K can supply amusement facilities with any parts related to
go-karts for any make or model kart. They also offer a full line of
tires for almost any kart and Carry, in stock, all parts for Honda GX
140, 160, 200, 240, 270. They can also get parts for any other air cooled
Honda Motor in 1- 2 days.
For more information, contact: Formula K Raceway, Inc., 4358 N. Main
St., PO BOX 488, Mattawan, MI 49071. Phone: 269-668-4575 or toll free
at 800-873-0291 or by fax: 269-668-4819.