• Arrive and drive karting on ice session
• Meet the team and get kitted up in your racing gear
• Safety briefing and tutorial
• 20 minute drive time on the ice
• All equipment is provided
• Allow one hour on site for this experience
What Can I Expect
To go ice karting you need a go kart and some ice. You could go to Lapland or anywhere else equally frosty in the Arctic Circle for your go karting on ice. But thanks to this innovative company, you can now go kart on ice rinks here in the UK!
The simple but very effective idea these guys had is utterly inspired. Take one indoor ice rink, book some decent ice time, mark out your circuit with cones, put people in go karts on the ice and see what happens…
We can tell you what happens, it’s a slippery-slidey world of oversteer as the wheels spin looking for grip. Meanwhile you’re grappling with the wheel to keep the go kart going in the vague direction you’d like it to. It’s really, really tricky stuff out there on that frozen track, as you can imagine. After all, we’ve all tried to walk on ice and, despite gingerly sort of shuffling along, you still end up on your bum. So how on earth can you be expected to control a go kart on ice?
Well, the go karts have been modified to run on ice. They’ve got special winter tyres on, which are made from a softer compound rubber than normal tyres. This gives them just that little bit more grip on that icy terrain - but not enough to stop your sliding all over the shop if you overcook it on the gas pedal!
These fabulous ice karting sessions run as ‘arrive and drive’ experiences. That means there’s no formal race set up, but you might find yourself racing against other ice karters out on the track at the same time as you. In total you’ll get around 20 minutes of ice drive time in your kart, so plenty of time to clock up the laps. And the team can change things around by adjusting the track layout and even the direction you drive in.
Before you can head out to that ice kingdom of karting, you’ll need to be kitted out in the right gear. It can be pretty chilly on the ice rink, so it’s coveralls and full face helmet. Then there’s the safety briefing, followed by a tactical chat, so you know what to expect when you’re on ice in your kart.
And whilst it’s cold on the track, the welcome from this ice karting team is far from glacial. So forget dancing on ice with your toe loops and your triple Salchows, this is all about ice drifting in your go kart. And when you’ve hit that chilled not stirred slip angle sweet spot - your ice drift will be done with as much style as Torvill and Dean routine!
• Selected weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Dates and session times are subject to availability at your chosen location
• Minimum age 16
• Minimum height 1.4m
• Spectators are welcome to come along and watch the action
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Drinks and snacks can be purchased on site
• Queens Ice Rink, Bayswater, London, W2
• Oxford Ice Rink, Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1