Karting drives in to the Kerala capital


Gear up for some enjoyable as karting drives in to the Kerala capital! A scaled-down format of the motorsport is about to be flagged off in Thiruvananthapuram on July 1 at Funplex at the Akkulam-Ulloor street by the NH bypass. First such facility in the metropolis, the enterprise ‘Go-Karting’ is about up by three engineer-friends Mithun Mullassery, Shameem E S and Ananthu Anil.

“This is a soft launch as we are taking it slow because of the COVID-19 situation. The outdoors track features a 320-m long serpentine circuit with several turns,” says Mithun, including that that is the first outdoor karting circuit in Kerala.

The trio says they developed a ardour for motorsport early on and skilled karting hands-on in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, which impressed them introduce it to their hometown.

Karts on the circuit at Go-Karting at Funplex in Thiruvananthapuram  
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As a part of the delicate launch, Go-Karting introduces 5 200-CC petrol engine karts of varied hues. The crew plans to add extra karts at a later stage. The facility is open to these above eight.

Having a drift-style circuit with turns, the karts may be pushed solely at a “slow to moderate” tempo and Mithun says driver security measures in place embody obligatory sporting of seatbelt and helmet, exteriors “shields” for the karts and circuit enclosure with sandbag-filled tyre barricades painted blue and white for simple visibility. Two mechanics shall be current to tackle any mechanical snags.

A view of the circuit at Go-Karting at Funplex in Thiruvananthapuram

A view of the circuit at Go-Karting at Funplex in Thiruvananthapuram  
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Keeping in thoughts bodily distancing norms and secure hygiene practices in view of the pandemic, Shameem says precautionary measures are taken at the facility. “Participants are encouraged to bring their own helmets if they feel like and two-wheeler helmets pass muster. Otherwise, they are provided with head caps along with our in-house helmets, gloves and mask. Exterior and interior of karts are sanitised after every race/drive,” says Shameem, including that seating preparations for ready individuals are organized in line with bodily distancing protocol.

(From left) Mithun Mullassery, Shameem E S and Ananthu Anil

(From left) Mithun Mullassery, Shameem E S and Ananthu Anil  
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Special Arrangement

Charges for a drive of 5 laps is ₹349 per particular person, with an introductory provide of ₹449 for 10 laps, which embody gasoline and driving gear. Go-Karting is open from 10 am to 7 pm. Contact: 9061677768

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