I have been karting fairly regularly for about 22 years now and visited many centres around the UK and in Europe when holidaying. With very few exceptions, indoor karting is normally a trip to a dark and dirty warehouse in the cheapest industrial unit available on the outskirts of a city. Facilities are normally basic and you try not to need the toilet whilst there.
Xtreme Karting Edinburgh really could not be any more different. From the moment you enter through the large glazed doors into the airy and spacious foyer you realise the experience is going to be a bit out the ordinary. You book in at a customer service desk with helpful and well presented staff before being led to a bright and comfortable briefing room where the usual pre-race instructions are delivered via a flat panel TV.
You are then sized and handed a clean set of overalls and, best of all, a mask to wear under your helmet! No more need to wear a helmet dripping in someone else's sweat! You can buy a face mask for £1 and have a souvenir, or use of the free loaners which appear to be washed after each use.
Into the karts which are all obviously quite new so performance is well matched with any major differential more that likely down to tyre condition. The track itself when viewed on the guidance map looks quite straightforward and possibly even a little to straightforward as it gives the impression there are 4 identical corners to negotiate. There are 2 short straights down each side, leading into 90 degree rights followed by hairpin rights into hairpin lefts and 2 longer straights infield followed by hairpin left into hairpin right into 90 degree right.
When out on track it becomes apparent there are subtle differences between each configuration, with track width varying to change the angle of each corner. The hairpin into hairpin corners become more of a chicane and the track can be attacked with a flowing rhythm with little need to brake. The track has ample width and plenty of opportunities to allow for clean overtaking and is really good fun to race on.
I have driven more challenging tracks and my only real criticism of the layout is a longer straight would have been a welcome addition to allow more speed into some corners to test your braking but for a group with mixed competencies this layout is probably ideal.
Overall, Xtreme Karting Edinburgh is easily the best karting centre in Scotland and shows what can be delivered when a company has ambitions beyond the dirt, grime and petrol fumes traditionally associated with karting. Die hard racers might see that as a bit of a negative, I quite like the smell of rubber and petrol, but for a corporate visit or stag or hen event it's great that you can go karting and leave not feeling like you need to clean up before moving on to your next destination.
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