The official Formula 1 go karts will make their debut in February, featuring DRS (Drag Reduction System) and the distinctive sounds of Leclerc, Hamilton, and Verstappen’s cars. Named F1 Drive, this new Formula 1-branded experience is dedicated to go-kart enthusiasts and more.
But it won’t be just a simple race. With the aim of bringing fans even closer to the F1 world, these karts will be equipped with some unique features. First and foremost is the DRS. Naturally, it won’t be an actual movable wing but rather a boost to use when close to an opponent. ERS (Energy Recovery System) is also present, providing an additional push during the lap.
The karts will have an 18 cm screen to monitor lap times and the positions of rivals on the track.
Drivers can immerse themselves further into the experience with audio extracted from onboard recordings of Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, and Max Verstappen.
Finally, the race will be commented on directly by the voices of Sky Sport UK, David Croft, and Naomi Schiff.
Three track layouts will be available, all accredited by the Karting Association. The “Sprint Track” will be the most challenging, featuring replicas of the most iconic corners in the championship.
Not just go-karts: pit stop practice and simulator
There will also be a special version of the Fan Zone, the entertainment area normally set up at the circuit. Here, fans can challenge themselves on the simulator, step into the role of a mechanic during pit stop practice, and experience the thrill of standing on the podium.
For those looking to make the experience even more exclusive, it will be possible to book personalized driving lessons from drivers selected by F1.
F1 Drive will make its debut on February 6th in London. The karts will be hosted at the “Tottenham Hotspur Stadium,” the home ground of the football team of the same name.
This is the first of several stops that could follow the F1 calendar. The arrival in Italy in the future is not to be excluded.