Careening around sharp turns and hitting speeds upwards of 40 miles per hour, Full Throttle Indoor Karting quenches the need for speed for thrill seekers young and old.

After experiencing success with their Tri-County, Ohio location, owners Aaron Banfield and Joe O’Gorman acquired a second indoor track in Florence in 2017, and have been revving up the excitement in Northern Kentucky since.

The Florence track is just under a quarter-mile and features 13 turns, many of which of the hairpin variety. Each eight-minute race allows up to 10 riders to complete between 16 and 20 laps, with advanced transponders measuring each kart’s performance.

The goal is the fastest lap and with measurements down to 1,000th of a second, the post-race printouts given to riders leave no doubt who was fastest in a given heat.

The printouts also feature myriad statistics from the race for those looking to improve their skills and track what they can do differently next race, Banfield says. “A lot of our customers track their performance and look for ways to get better,” he says. “(The printouts are) for those of us who are analytical and like to geek out a little bit.”

Getting a hang of the 270cc gas-powered karts can take a second, but riders will see improvement in lap times almost instantly, Banfield says. New racers can see significant reductions in time in just the first few laps and most racers improve by at least a second on their second race.

“By the third race that’s when you see your true lap time,” Banfield says.

The main track is open to riders ages seven and up and the facility also has a kiddie track for little ones wanting in on the action.

Because inclusion is one of Banfield’s goals for the racing community, the track also has junior electric karts and a special two-seated kart with pedals on one side and steering wheels on both, allowing those with disabilities to ride along or drive the track while an experienced pit member ensures safety by controlling the gas and brakes. 

“It gives them the chance to be out there,” Banfield says of the two-seat kart. “One of my goals is to make karting as accessible as possible. There’s no reason this sport shouldn’t be more accessible than it is.”

Track safety measures and flags allow for riders of different skill levels to participate in the same race, as long as they pay attention to the warning flags of a passing kart. Banfield recalls a mother slowly navigating the course as her children lapped her.

“She had a blast,” he says. “She finally stopped screaming every time somebody went flying by her.”

While singles, couples or groups of up to 20 can come in for a race or two, the track also offers private lessons, leagues and summer camps for those looking to get serious about racing.

Full Throttle also recently added a full bar and additional dining options, although drinkers are barred from racing after purchasing a second alcoholic beverage for safety reasons.

The venue also features three party and conference rooms and has become a popular destination for businesses providing team-building exercises for employees in a fun environment.

For more information or to book an event, visit www.gofullthrottle.com.



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