23 karts with 200cc engines with a speed of 80 kmph to set you racing. From next month onwards, we will be opening the training sessions for ‘go-karting’ wherein three accomplished trainers will come down to the city to train people who are serious about kart racing.

The pulsating, edge-of-the-seat action with the city’s first-ever dedicated kart racing circuit getting ready on a 4.5-acre plot at Visakhapatnam-Bheeminupatnam road.

Work is in progress at the 800-metre circuit, claimed to be the longest track in the country. It is being built in compliance with the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) guidelines. The arena will throw its doors open to adventure lovers on Ugadi i.e. March 31. Currently, there are 23 karts with 200cc engines with a maximum speed of around 80 kmph. The karts are of different sizes suitable for those in the age groups between 3 and 70 years. Apart from this, the centre has six ATVs and five bikes for children.

The brainchild of two young minds -- Pramod Kumar and Krishna Gorrepatti – the completion of the go-karting track is the first step towards their dream of creating a complete family entertainment zone. Named ‘HiFy’ (Hub for Youth), the project will also include a nine-pin miniature golf, human sling shot, rain dance zone, a 1,500 capacity open banquet, a multi-cuisine restaurant, kid’s zone, snooker table and bowling alley. The entire project is being built on a plot taken on long-term lease at the cost of Rs. 4 crore.

“We want to make it like the first-of-its kind family entertainment centre where people can drive in and experience a different kind of fun. From next month onwards, we will be opening the training sessions for ‘go-karting’ wherein three accomplished trainers will come down to the city to train people who are serious about kart racing,” Pramod Kumar told The Hindu.

Go-karting championship

There is more good news for motorsport enthusiasts. The city will also see the first National Go-Karting championship in the next two months. “We have already tied up with JK Tyres, Coke and Volvo for the event,” Mr. Kumar said. With the country’s longest track all set to open for the first show, karting now seems to be ready for a long innings in the city.

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