Ask anyone in the indoor gokarting industry what the best track barrier system is and you will get different answers from different operators. Indeed even our own management team disagree.
Traditionally for indoor tracks there are two options. Firstly steel and tyre combinations provide an operator with a robustness that allows for minimum upkeep and maintenance however they don’t look great. The combination allows the barrier to absorb up to around 300mm and spring back to its original shape. At Capital Karts we have used this system behind our pods on some of the higher impact areas like turn 1 and the race control hairpin.
Secondly plastic pods which look far better than steel and tyres however they can split or crack and require lots of replacing and maintaining. Our new spring loaded karting track barrier system has not only stopped our management team arguing but it seems to be the long term solution to the problem which most operators face.
As the first indoor go karting track in UK to test the new spring loaded karting track barrier system we have placed a few sections at our higher impact corners and are pleased with the results. Not only is it safer but it looks incredible and we now have the exciting job of replacing the whole track with this new spring loaded karting track barrier system over the next 6 months.
There are two variations of the new spring loaded karting track barrier system. The first uses high tension springs for low impact areas as seen below.
The second uses a double wrap of tensioned elasticated pads to provide over 300mm minimum of absorption.