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Go karting FAQs

Got a question about go karting? We’ve got answers.

How fast do go karts go?

Most adult go karts can go as fast as 40mph, while junior karts have a top speed of 25mph.

Do go karts have gears?

No, most go karts (including ours!) don’t have gears because they don't have a differential. To enable super-sharp cornering, they’re built so the rear tyres can slide when you steer into a corner instead.

This means that you only need to worry about two pedals and a steering wheel when competing for the podium!

How old do you have to be to drive a go kart?

Kids need to be at least 8 years old to race Cadet Karts at TeamSport, and you must be over 13 years old to race an Adult Kart. 

Do you have to have a driver’s licence to drive a go kart?

No you don't need a driver's licence to drive a go kart!...and we give newcomers all the guidance and training they need for an epic high-speed race before their very first session.

How tall do you have to be to drive a go kart?

There’s no height requirement, but kids aged 8 to 12 years must have a minimum inside leg measurement of 25 inches to safely control the pedals in our Cadets Karts, while teens and adults who use our Adult Karts must have a minimum inside leg measurement of 29 inches.

How long is a go kart track?

Tracks range in length from 400m to 1000m each with its own unique combination of twists, turns and epic straights. Check out our go karting tracks to find your next challenge.

Do I need to bring racewear?

No! We provide everything you need to get behind the wheel, including a protective jumpsuit. You’ll also need a balaclava – you can purchase a disposable one from us for just 50p or a reusable cotton one for £3.50 on arrival.

If you’re a seasoned karter, you’re welcome to bring your own racewear and balaclava, subject to approval by our marshals.

How long do go kart races last?

Go kart races last between 10 to 15 minutes per session for a standard session with specialist competitive races lasting up to 50 minutes.

At most TeamSport tracks, an Open Timed Race Session, our standard session type, lasts for between 10 to 15 minutes and depending on the track you will either have 2 or 3 sessions, giving you a total of 30 minutes of action on the track.

In a competitive race, it depends on the race format – for instance, The Eliminator usually offers 50 minutes of white-knuckle track time, while a 50 Lap Race varies according to the track length.

We have plenty of other specifically designed race options available providing a whole range of karting options, prices and race time:

  • Our ‘Event’ formats that we hope will suit anyone from individuals, groups, families, corporate and stag & hen.
  • Our ‘Offers’ that provide seasonal and promotional savings.
  • #GRID Membership – Our Membership service which gives those serious about karting additional money off our traditional race formats as well as access to many more member only racing options.