SPEEDSTER DELIVERS ONE-OF-A-KIND GO KARTING FACILITY
Written on the 9 May 2016
MOTORSPORT identity Cameron Wilson is going to another level, opening a three-level go karting facility on the Gold Coast.
Slideways Go Karting Australia spent $2.5 million on a new venue in Nerang, which boasts a 465-metre-long European style circuit.
With a combination of indoor and outdoor tracks and ramps connecting three levels, the new destination is proving to be one-of-a-kind in Australia.
Wilson, director of Slideways and president of the Australian Concessional Hire Kart Association, says when combined with a specially prepared track surface, racers can drift at speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour, a trademark of Slideways' indoor venues.
Bespoke track lighting around the circuit also keeps drivers informed of race conditions, while all karts are digitally timed to be within .001 of a second, which is integrated with the Slideways phone app that stores personal race data.
Wilson says the new venue takes Slideways to a world leading level.
"At our previous Gold Coast circuit, we innovated with our massive 55-metre-long cross over bridge, but by expanding on the engineering lessons we learned from there, we have been able to take the concept to the next level," says Wilson.
"People will be blown away by how we have been able to construct a track that is three levels high. The elevation changes throughout the circuit are completely unlike anything else you would experience anywhere."
The new Slideways Go Karting Gold Coast venue features Sodi Karts from France, which are fitted with a 270cc nine-horsepower Honda engine.
While it is expected to attract young hoons, the focus of the new facility will be families, with two seater karts and Sodi Kids Karts also available. In addition, tikes training centre electric karts will soon be available, allowing children as young as two to have their first driving experience.
The new Slideways Go Karting Gold Coast venue joins the other Slideways facilities, Go Karting World at Pimpama and Go Karting Brisbane at Eagle Farm.