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Gas vs. Electric Go-Karts: Which is Better?

When it comes to go-karting in Toronto, people often wonder, do gas go-karts make for a better ride than electric go-karts? Everyone has their own unique biases and preferences when it comes to getting behind the wheel, and here at 401 Mini-Indy Go-Kart, we have our own particular set of predilections: we want our go-karts to be fast, we want them to have long run times for lengthier races, and we want an authentic race car experience. Given those criteria, we choose to offer go-karts that run on gas.


It’s All About Speed
Gas go-karts are simply faster than their electric counterparts. Coming in at half the weight and able to reach speeds of about 45 miles per hour, these cars are the way to go when you want to run your laps as fast as possible. The lighter weight also makes them highly responsive and therefore better able to handle those twists and turns on the track.

Going the Distance
We like to be able to offer endurance races to our drivers. These can last anywhere from one to three hours and are a fun and exciting way to test your driving skills. Only gas go-karts allow us to provide this option. Electric cars have much shorter run times and require a lengthy recharging period before they can run again.

An Authentic Race Car Experience
There’s something about the tactile experience of driving a gas go-kart. The vibrations of the motor, the animal-like growl of the engine roaring, and the smell of petrol as you whiz by your competitors. Gas go-karts provide a more authentic race car experience.

So Why All the Buzz About Electric?
Electric go-karts are becoming more popular in Toronto and other big cities. They’re easier on the environment, have no emissions and some feel they’re safer. But for Mini-Indy Go-Karts, their lesser performance in terms of speed, responsiveness and endurance make them a substandard choice. Our track is superbly ventilated, so inhaling fumes is never an issue for our drivers.

Go-Karting Throughout the Year
Our indoor track means even on the snowiest of Toronto days, you can still race. We offer computerized scoring and tracking, as well as the fastest and most authentic race experience in the GTA. But don’t take our word for it—come find out for yourself. Contact us today to book a birthday party, bachelor/ bachelorette party or corporate event.

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