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If you've ever stepped behind the wheel of a go-kart, it's most likely been at a low-budget amusement park among other attractions, such as miniature golf and video games. The kart itself was noisy, stinky, and likely long overdue for service. And while racing at 15 mph, you probably didn't even need to use the brakes. And that's not saying any thing of the dilapidated venue that hadn't been maintained for a decade or more. Enter K1 Speed, the world's premier indoor go-karting destination that has provided unforgettable experiences for millions of racers over the last 15 years – from children to international racing champions. Since the company's launch in 2003, K1 Speed has seen itself grow from one center in Southern California to over 40 locations around the world. One trip to K1 Speed will allow you to see why this company has experienced so much growth and interest over the year. The facilities are immaculate and well-maintained. Genuine museum-quality motorsport memorabilia surround you: there are real racecars in the lobby, a selection of racing hoods, doors and other artifacts hung up on the walls, and racing suits worn by famous drivers on display throughout. All of K1 Speed's go-karts are 100% electric, so you don't have to be concerned about the noxious fumes most commonly found at gas-powered karting centers, nor do you need to worry about the incessant droning noise of lawnmower engines – these electric motors are much quieter. And unlike gas engines, which get up to maximum power over a distance, these electric motors provide maximum power instantly – providing a faster experience than their gas-powered counterparts. The teen/ adult karts can be driven by anyone who is 4'10" or taller and can rocket you to speeds of up to 45 miles per hour! K1 Speed is not just for teens and adults. Children who are at least four feet tall – or 48 inches - can ride in K1 Speed's junior karts, which go half the speed but offer the same thrills as their larger, adult version. If your child doesn't meet that minimum height requirement, they'll be able to enjoy other off-track activities such as billiards, foosball, and video games. Most K1 Speed locations feature an on-site Café, where snack foods such as pizza and hot dogs can be enjoyed alongside refreshing beverages to keep yourself re-fueled between race sessions. There's no reservation required to race – simply arrive and drive! Just choose how many 14-lap race sessions you want, and you'll be placed into the next available racing session. K1 Speed provides the headsock and helmet – you provide the talent. K1 Speed is a popular spot for bir thday par ties, bachelor or bacheloret te par ties, corporate events, and company func tions. Group events are available for par ties of eight or more people. When you book a group event, you'll receive a reser ved time and will get to race privately with your group, among other incentives. No matter where you live in the Sunshine State, there's a K1 Speed not far from you. There are three locations to choose from in Florida alone: here in Miami (at the intersection of Palmetto Expressway and Route 27), in Ft. Lauderdale (near I-95 and Stirling Rd.), or in Orlando (near Beachline Expressway and Florida's Turnpike). So, get ready for an exhilarating experience that will show you why K1 Speed has become the industry standard for what a go-karting venue should be. Just don't be surprised if you become addicted to its speed. For more information about K1 Speed, visit their website at ML

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