Singapore Go-Karting Track Guide: 4 Wicked Places to Race Your Heart Out

Contrary to popular belief, motorsport isn’t a pastime only for elites. Karting, or carting, is the first rung on the ladder that leads to F1, and it’s an activity that the entire family can take part in. Having visited the four permanent Singapore go-karting tracks, I have summarised the differences between each below, and I can say that local petrolheads have never been this spoilt for choice.

Updated: May 1, 2021 @ 11:59 PM

Permanent Singapore Go-Kart Tracks

KF1 Karting Circuit Kranji

KF1 Circuit

Address (nearest MRT station) and operating hours

1 Turf Club Avenue (Kranji)
Mon to Fri: 1 – 9 p.m.; Sat, Sun, public holidays: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Website

Details

Opened: 2014
Track location (nearest MRT station):
Track length: 960 m
Turns: 18
Good lap time: 1 min
Live timing: Yes
Normal Fun Kart session fees: S$28 (off-peak) – S$35 (peak), S$18 for under-21s with proof of age
Advanced Fun Kart session fees (driving license required): S$35 (off-peak) – S$45 (peak), S$22 for under-21s with proof of age
A one-time registration fee of S$5 applies for first-time visitors
Racing simulator: No
Food: Podium Club cafe, food court and shops at Kranji station
Merchandise shop: Yes
Professional Races: Yes
Race kart storage: Yes

  • A technical circuit designed by F1 circuit specialists Tilke
  • Well-stocked merchandise store
  • Sheltered access from Kranji MRT station
  • Fixed period packages for multiple races give a healthy discount
  • No simulators for waiting out the rain

Read my review of the KF1 circuit here.

The Karting Arena

The Karting Arena

Address (nearest MRT station) and operating hours

200 Turf Club Road #01-01B, South car park of The Grandstand (Sixth Avenue)
Wed to Fri: 1 – 8.30 p.m.; Sat to Sun: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Website

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Details

Track length: 500 m
Opened: 2015
Turns: 9
Good lap time: 40 seconds
Live timing: Yes
Karts: Single-seater electric karts
Weekday Fun Kart session fees: $25 (weekday)-30 (weekend) for children at least 140 cm tall and 9 years old, $30 (weekday)-35 (weekend) for adults, plus $5 annual “race license” (Driving license needed for faster karts)
Racing simulator: Yes
Food: Shops at The Grandstand
Merchandise shop: No
Professional Races: No
Race kart storage: No

  • Most centrally located of the three go-kart tracks
  • Has simulators for wet weather activities
  • ShopBack cashback available
  • Not a professional racing facility
  • Spectators can only watch from behind the pitlane

Here’s my review of The Karting Arena.

Maximum Drift (temporarily closed)

Maximum Drift Orto Yishun Singapore

Address (nearest MRT station) and operating hours

81 Lorong Chencharu #01-15, ORTO Yishun (Khatib)
(Temporarily closed) Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat, Sun, public holidays 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Website

Details

Opened: 2016
Track length: ?
Turns: 10
Good lap time: 35 seconds
Live timing: No
Karts: Single-seater electric drift karts
Fun Kart session fees: S$15 for members, S$18 – S$20 for non-members
Racing simulator: No
Food: Restaurants and stands around ORTO
Merchandise shop: No
Professional Races: No
Race kart storage: No

  • The only drift kart venue in Singapore, inexpensive, no license needed at all
  • Not the same kind of karting as the others, clearly

Read my review of Maximum Drift here.

Temporary Go-Kart Tracks in Singapore

KF1 Circuit Tiki

Address (nearest station) and operating hours

Resorts World Sentosa East Carpark, Orange Zone (Waterfront station on Sentosa Express)
Mon to Wed: 1 – 10 p.m.; Thu to Sun, public holidays: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Website

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Details

Opened: 2 April – 30 June 2021
Track length: 550 m
Turns: 23
Good lap time: 57 seconds
Novice kart fees: $18 (RWS members), $28 (public)
Advanced kart fees: $25 (RWS members), $35 (public) (Driving license required)

  • An indoor track means consistent conditions
  • Easily accessed from Resorts World Sentosa
  • Beginners may find twisty layout too challenging
  • Long waiting times for walk-ins during peak periods

Permanently closed Singapore Go-Kart Tracks

KF1 Arena

KF1 Arena karting track Singapore

KF1 acquired the site of the former Kartright Speedway and created a new track that ran from late 2017 to 2020. Two-seater karts were available and it inherited a good view of the track from the rooftop of the Arena Country Club.

Details

511 Upper Jurong Road, Arena Country Club (Joo Koon)
Opened: 2017-2020
Track length: 780 m
Turns: 14
Good lap time: 45 seconds
Live timing: No

Singapore go-karting requirements

  • You need to be tall enough to reach the pedals with your feet
  • Covered shoes, please
  • No loose clothing or untied long hair
  • To drive the faster karts, bring your driving license (foreign ones are accepted)
  • As a courtesy to other users, wear the balaclava or shower cap you’re given before putting on the helmet
  • These are not bumper cars, so don’t punt other people off
  • Most facilities won’t let you drive on a wet track unless you come with your own kart and grooved tyres. Then again, you wouldn’t need this blog if you own these

Here’s what else you can do in the rest of Singapore and what karting on the streets of Tokyo is like.

This post was first published on 30 Dec 2015