WARP DRIVE RACE PARK - Windsor Airport - County Rd. 42 - Windsor, ON - Tel:  519.966.9666 - Fax:  519.966.7668

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AROUND?  []  
We started our go-kart business in 1996 at Windsor Airport. We had a small area in their parking lot for 4 consecutive years until the city took over the airport. We reopened the track on a permanent basis in 2005 on an adjacent property, where we are located now.
WHAT DO YOU OFFER AT YOUR FACILITY?   []  
We offer concession go kart rides for ages 4 and older (must be 40 inches). We have 2 outdoor tracks, a road course and an oval. We also have a large picnic area with tables. Please see Facility page for more details.
HOW BIG IS YOUR TRACK?   []  
Our track is 1800 linear feet in length and the configuration can be changed many ways to keep it interesting.
WHAT KIND OF KARTS DO YOU OFFER?   []  
We have 4 different kinds of karts. (see Facility page for details) The GTP model is a full body kart with rack and pinion steering and is designed for taller people. The Python model is an open body kart with split axle, designed for people 54" and taller. The Viper model, 2 seat kart, is designed for an adult and a child under 54". The Junior karts are for children under 54" who want to drive their own kart. (4yrs old and up) We also have a 2 seat kart for 2 adults we reserve for special needs adults who want to experience go-karting but cannot drive on their own.
HOW MANY KARTS DO YOU HAVE?   []  
We have 12 single seat GTP karts and 12 single seat Python karts. There are 3 double seat karts and 8 Junior karts. There is also one double kart reserved for special needs adults. Some karts may be out of service due to repair.
WHAT ARE YOUR REQUIREMENTS TO DRIVE A KART?   []  
There is a 54" minimum height requirement to drive on the main track. You must follow all rules of the track and keep control of your kart at all times. Junior kart racing is available for children 4 yrs old and up on our oval track.  Any misconduct will result in expulsion. Please see track rules for details.
WHY WAS I NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE THE GTP KART?    []  
We try to accommodate all sizes and the GTP is for taller, heavier people (5ft 6" & 180 lbs). If you are not tall enough, you will not be able to reach the pedals or see properly over the body. If you are too light, the kart will bounce around turns making it difficult to control the steering.  If there is a risk of you losing control, we will recommend a more suitable kart for you.
WHAT KIND OF ENGINES DO THE KARTS HAVE?   []  
All the karts on the main track are equipped with 9hp Honda engines.
HOW FAST DO YOUR KARTS GO?   []  
Our karts go 28mph or 45km/hr on the main track. The 2 seat karts are slower but the ride is just as exciting on our track. The Junior karts are a little faster than battery operated jeeps.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AROUND THE TRACK?    []  
It takes approximately 50 seconds to make a lap on the main track, depending on your driving.
WHY DOES MY KART SLOW DOWN WHEN I AM PRESSING THE GAS PEDAL?   []  
All the karts have Kartrol remote controls installed. These devices are remotely operated as a safety feature to slow individual karts or the whole track, if someone needs assistance or if erratic driving is causing confusion. The karts are put into an idle until the track is cleared.  The engine is reset remotely so that you may continue your ride.
HOW SAFE IS IT ?   []  
Go karting at our facility is a safe driving activity and our rules are strictly enforced. Rules and precautions are in place for your safety and must be complied with. Any misconduct will result in your expulsion from the track.
DO YOUR KARTS ROLL OVER?   []  
We have never had a kart roll over in the 6 years we have been open.
CAN I BRING MY KART ON YOUR TRACK?    []  
We do not allow other karts on the track due to design incompatibilities.
CAN I WEAR MY OWN HELMET?   []  
Yes, you may wear your own helmet as long as it's D.O.T. approved and either full face or with chin guard. Half helmets are not permitted. Bike helmets may be worn on the Junior track only and children riding as a passenger in the 2 seaters.
DO YOU SPRAY YOUR HELMETS?   []  
We Spray our helmets with Lysol disinfectant spray after every single use to help keep them fresh and germ free.
I AM PREGNANT, CAN I STILL DRIVE A KART?   []  
It is highly recommended that pregnant women do NOT partake in this activity. Any activity where there is excessive vibration is risking your safety and is NOT recommended. Most women get severe motion sickness.
I HAVE A BROKEN ARM, CAN I STILL DRIVE?    []  
NO! You must use both hands on the steering wheel at all times and be able to control your kart.
WHAT KIND OF GAS DO YOU USE?   []  
We use regular unleaded gasoline in the engines. NO nitrous.
WHICH KARTS ARE THE FASTEST?   []  
All the karts are governed to 45km/hr except the 2 seaters which go about 40km/hr. The GTP models tend to grip the turns better and maintain their speed. The Python models tend to fishtail around the turns, therefore losing grip and speed. Other factors for loss of speed would depend on your driving, tire wear, applying the brake while accelerating, weight of the driver, etc.
CAN YOU TAKE THE GOVERNOR OFF SO I CAN GO FASTER?   []  
NO. Ontario regulations state karts cannot exceed 45km/hr without a license. Our track is designed for families, not for licensed drivers only. The engine is governed internally and cannot be adjusted for you.
CAN I DRIVE A SINGLE KART WITH A PASSENGER ON MY LAP?   []  
Absolutely NO! It is against regulation for you to take a passenger on your lap! You may use 2 seaters.
DO YOU OFFER LEAGUES?   []  
We offer league racing for charity.
DO YOU HAVE A TIMING SYSTEM?   []  
At this time there is a system on selected karts for members and league racing only. Limited kart availability.
WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER DRIVEN ANYTHING BEFORE?   []  
It is recommended that you press the gas pedal softly or come at a time when the track is less congested to test your ability. Some people feel intimidated by faster karts going by them. Please see track rules and the suggestions section for more information.
HOW HARD IS IT TO DRIVE A KART?   []  
The karts are very easy to handle as long as you begin driving at a speed you are comfortable with. The harder you press the gas pedal, the faster you will go. The steering is stiff while the kart is parked but it handles very easy when the kart is in motion. The gas is on the right, the brake is on the left. DO NOT press both pedals at the same time!
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT RESTRICTION ON YOUR KARTS?   []  
It is not recommended for persons over 300lbs. Unfortunately the karts are not manufactured to adjust for size.
CAN ANYONE DRIVE AT YOUR TRACK?   []  
Most people are able to drive their own kart as long as they meet the requirements. They must be 54" to drive on their own kart, on the main track, and follow all track rules. Persons under 54" can either ride as a passenger, on the main track, or drive their own kart on the Junior track (junior track drivers must be 40 inches). Special needs adults may drive as long as they are able to follow the track rules and do not cause confusion to other drivers.
ARE YOU OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND?   []  
We are open for 6 months out of the year when the weather permits. We are an outdoor activity and climate plays a big roll in our hours of operation and performance of the karts.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT STARTS TO RAIN?   []  
If it starts to rain while you are on the track, you will be allowed to finish your ride, provided you can control your kart. If the karts are spinning out, they will be pulled from the track and you will receive a coupon for the remaining time of your ride. If you are spinning out, you are wasting your time and money waiting for us to get you going again instead of driving. We will not permit new drivers on the track until the track is dry. If you have planned an outing to the track, have an alternate day scheduled for inclement weather. It is best to call ahead just before leaving to ensure we are open.
RUBBING IS RACING?    []  
On our track NO! Contrary to popular belief, rubbing is not racing, it's cheating. It is against our rules and grounds for expulsion. You are not being courteous to others on the track with you and they do not appreciate your misconduct.
WHAT DO I DO IF I GET STUCK ON THE TRACK?   []  
Always remain seated with your seatbelt secured and raise your hand until track attendants come to your aide. Most times we can spot you and are on our way to you. You must never leave your kart unless instructed by staff. You are very safe while in your go-kart and safety is our number one priority. If you exit your kart at any time, while on the track, you will forfeit your ride.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY TIME IS UP?   []  
Depending on the ticket you purchased and handed to the pit crew, we keep track of your time and flag you into the pit area when your time is up. You must use your brake to slowly and safely park your kart.
IF I CAN'T CONTROL MY KART WHAT WILL HAPPEN?   []  
You will be removed from the track and have the option to be a passenger in a 2 seater or drive on the junior track. To correctly drive a kart you must listen to tips and rules given to you, the kart does not drive itself. 99.9% of the instances of losing control is due to driving too fast.  Everyone is capable of driving unless you choose to not comply with instruction, which includes slowing down around the turns.

 

 

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