Go-kart racing is a fun, family-friendly recreational activity that is popular among people of all ages as either a leisure activity or competitive sport. Tracks may be indoors or out, attached to family entertainment centers or stand-alone and may offer various types of tracks and speed limitations. Due to the speed of the go- karts, safety is of the utmost concern. In addition to constructing an enticing track, you’ll need to implement measures to ensure the safety of your patrons. Expect start-up costs to exceed $100,000.
Determine what you can expect to earn per kart per hour. A reasonable amount to charge for each ride is about $3 to $5, depending on your area. Determine how many karts you will need to have and be able to run each hour to ensure profitability, once you’ve deducted operating costs, such as electricity, insurance costs, equipment wear and tear and payroll. Consider amenities that will help offset the cost, such as an arcade and refreshment bar.
Your design firm may also provide you with the karts, helmets, replacements parts and gloves. Otherwise, contact manufacturers, such as Sodi Kart or Johnson Kart, directly to purchase karts and equipment.