Are electric karts slow?
In fact they are faster than gas powered karts, with immediate acceleration, greater torque, and 20HP versus 6.5HP to 9HP of their gas counterparts. GPK’s Italian engineered karts can reach speeds of up to 85 KPH, however it would be impossible to reach such speeds indoors at any facility.
How long can the electric karts last?
You can run full power for up to 30 minutes or more, although we limit usage to 10 minutes for more rapid recharging.
Does the power slow down during the race session as the battery drains?
A full 48v of power is continuously provided during the race sessions.
I am confused by the time versus laps sales techniques of different tracks in the GTA. Am I getting more or less at GPK?
The easiest comparison we can make is total miles you have actually driven for the money you have paid. For example, at GPK you can drive upwards of 4 miles with a single race fee (10 minute session), while some places sell 20 laps for $20 on shorter tracks netting you 2.5 miles, and so the comparisons reveal GPK to be a remarkable deal, for example:
GPK's $20 Member race gets you 18 laps or 4.5 miles
How can I truly tell if I am getting a ¼-mile race track at a facility that publicizes it?
1,320 ft makes a ¼-mile, and a width of approximately 20 ft with barriers, you need 26,400 sq ft of track space, factor in open space in between track lanes and in corners, and you need a minimum of the 30,000 sq ft dedicated by GPK for its indoor road course themed race track. Just ask how many sq ft of building space is the track built within and you can tell quickly by eye if you are just getting marketing b.s. or not.
Can I bring my own kart?
Sorry, we cannot permit any other karts on our track. Our karts have been inspected and approved by TSSA, and we do not allow gas engine karts in our clean, stink-free facility.
What forms of payment do you accept and do you have an ATM on site?
Yes, we do have an ATM and we accept debit cards, Amex, Mastercard, and Visa. Of course, cash as well. No cheques though please.
What are the height and age restrictions?
For adult karts you must be 52” (132 cm) tall and 16 years of age. For junior karts you must be 48” (122 cm) tall and 10 years of age.
How strict are you on age and height policies?
Very! The height restrictions exist for customer safety to ensure that they can properly reach and operate gas and brake pedals. The age restrictions can only be relaxed by a manager, and only if there is adequate proof that the child has racing experience. Go-karting takes a lot more energy than most people think, so our concern is also based on whether the child can endure an entire race session.
Can I go on the track with my child?
If your child is big enough and skilled enough to race in an adult kart, then yes. If your child is in a junior kart, then no. We do not permit junior karts on the track at the same time as adult karts.
Do you have double-rider karts?
No, sorry we do not. All our karts are single rider karts.
Do I need a membership to race?
No, a membership is not required. However the inexpensive Membership Card gets you huge savings on your racing season with preferred pricing, as well as membership in the GPK Points Program redeemable for free races and other goodies.
What type of shoes should I wear to race?
This is a popular question for ladies, and during the summer. You should wear flat soled shoes, i.e. no high heels, and they should be closed-toed. Sandals are not permitted.
What type of clothing is best?
Tight fitting clothing is best. No skirts, dresses, or extra baggy clothing please, to prevent them from getting caught up in steering system.
Is it safe to race if I have a medical condition, bad back, or am pregnant?
Any time you race it is completely at your own risk. We strongly recommend that you do not race if you have a heart ailment, risk of stroke, epilepsy, bad back, are pregnant, or recently had surgery or a fractured bone. There may be many other conditions not listed here, and we recommend you consult your doctor if you are unsure. We are by no means medical experts, so please do not ask for our opinion.
Can I drink and race?
Sorry! The same rules of the road apply to racing at GPK. We do not permit persons who have been drinking alcohol to race, unless they are under the legal driving limit. A general rule of thumb is no more than one drink per hour. We do have a breath alcohol tester at the Pit booth that we may randomly test drivers with, and will most certainly if it appears you have been drinking excessively. There is no cost for the test, but if you do blow over, you will not get a race refund. A first offence will get you a race credit. A second offence will result in a forfeit of your race fees.
Can I wear my own helmet?
Yes, you can bring your own race helmet provided that it meets safety standards and has full facial protection including chin enclosure. We have the right to deem a helmet unsafe.
Can I wear my own race suit or gloves?
You are most welcome to bring your own racing gear, or buy some from our performance store. Please ensure that they are in good repair, otherwise they may not be permitted for use if they are deemed to be potentially hazardous due to rips, tears, or improper fit.
Can the track marshal really slow me down or stop me from racing in the middle of a session?
Oh yes! Our first priority is driver safety, yours and those around you. If you are unable to control your kart, are overly aggressive, bump other drivers, hit the barriers, block other racers from passing you, or a general on-track nuisance, then the track marshal may slow you down for a lap or two as a warning or shut you down and have you escorted from the track if the matter is deemed to be serious or problems persistent. Our goal is to keep all customers safe and happy, however a complete banishment from racing at GPK is not out of the ordinary if a customer is unwilling to obey the rules and regulations of racing at GPK.
I lost my race results. Can I get another?
Yes, you can do so at our registration kiosks.
How good do you have to be to join a race league?
We have various levels of race leagues available, which permit us to group racers into their proper levels from novice to elite. You must qualify with great lap times at GPK in order to race in the elite leagues, but no qualifying is necessary for the house league programs. Of course, we do reserve the right to exclude those with no driving ability, for the sake of everyone’s safety. Racing clinics are provided by our expert teachers to help you become a better racer, or even to teach you the very basics of driving if that is where your needs lay.
Do you having racing leagues for kids?
Yes, we most certainly do. Please visit our Racing Leagues page for details.
Do you have March-break and Summer Camps for children?
Yes, we offer week long camps. Please visit our Racing Clinics page for details.
Do you have a liquor license?
Yes, GPK is fully licensed in our deli area, VIP Lounge, party rooms, and billiard area. In the spring of 2007 we will apply for extension of our license to include an outdoor patio in time for the summer.
How good is the food at GPK?
We only serve the highest quality of foods, including our Gourmet Deli menu items. We do not provide just any hot dog or hamburger, we feature Big Frank’s award winning non-filler jumbo hot dogs and Black Angus beef burgers. We hired an accomplished chef from a 5-star restaurant for our VIP Lounge banquet service.
How many people can your party rooms hold?
We can seat upwards of 200 guests in our party room area with the two portable portioned walls retracted. We can seat 150 guests in our deli area, and another 100 or so in our VIP Lounge. So we do have plenty of space for large private events.
Can I book a private race event and/or party at GPK?
Most certainly you can. Our facilities have been especially designed to host events both big and small. You can contact a sales rep at email@example.com or by phone 416.638.5278. If you visit our Prices page on this website, you can access detailed packages, race ideas, menus, and even and an Event Planning Guide.
Do you have internet access?
Yes, we have pay-by-use internet kiosks, and also free wi-fi routers positioned in our lounge and deli areas if you bring your lap top. However, we do not provide any local printers for customer use.
My favourite sports team is playing and the game is televised. Can I watch it at GPK?
Certainly, just let one of our staff know and we will do our best to accommodate your request. We have two separate satellite feeds and multiple TV’s.