K1 Speed Go Karts


A good adventure often has a bit of an adrenaline rush involved. There’s something about stepping outside your comfort zone – pushing beyond the boundaries of what you are easily comfortable doing, and enjoying the thrill and sense of accomplishment that goes along with that. Speed and acceleration are great ways to push that boundary, and while skiing and mountain biking are my normal fixes, go karting offers an accessible and entertaining way to go faster and turn harder than you’re used to. With Kendall’s family in town and her dad’s birthday needing to be celebrated, we figured a trip to K1 Speed in Carlsbad was in order.

Long before I got my driver’s license, I’d keep my eye out for go karting on family road trips since we didn’t have a track at home, begging my parents to have a go at it. These lawn powered go karts provided quite the thrill at the time, but they are put to shame by what’s available at K1 Speed. The issue with the average go kart track is the turns are wide enough and the karts so gutless that you simply need to keep the gas on the floor and steer around the track on the shortest possible line.  At K1, the carts are electric with 20 horsepower and instantaneous torque on tap. To set a fast time, you need to manage the available grip between braking, cornering, and accelerating, all while navigating a constantly turning track.

K1 Speed kindly provided GoPro mounts on some of their helmets, so check out the following video I caught on track:


Me, after the race!


Kendall’s Dad Rodney pulling into the pits

Going karting is a blast, and we’d really recommend anyone to check it out. It’s an adrenaline rush, but will prove thrilling to a wide range of people. Oh, and before I forget:

The results!

The results!

We walked away with a little more street cred for Optimizing Adventure. Not that I’m able to brag though, I have 4 seconds to go if I want to hit the lap record. Hope to see you out there!

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