Drifter Karts are go carts with a difference. 165cc machines that blitz around a specially coated indoor track which means you are barely in control the whole way round.
Think of it as drunk driving meets ice skating, jing jing.
I was about as in control of it as a 5-year-old boy put in charge of a crate of pythons. I was about as in control of it as a monkey looking after a banana stall. I was about in control of it as a lone policeman with a truncheon fending off a mob of soccer hooligans with molotov cocktails. I was not in control!
|Always use a rubber|
These drift karts can reach 100 km/h, "but ..." said my instructor. But meaning, if you reach 100km/h there is no way on this earth that you will possibly make it around the corner without stacking. You can can brake all you like, you can reverse lock all you like, but your wheels will skid across the shiny polymer surface as though it was a mirror lubed up with Vaseline.
"Woah -- that's a whole nother beast!" exclaimed Justin as he removed his helmet, hands trembling, T-shirt sweat-stained.
While grammatically questionable, his outburst summed up the experience well. It is like go karting but different. A different skill set.
I ask about the champion at this circuit. "The champion is a Thai guy from Lamphun," I was told. "He's the champion ... he even drifts in his real car on the road," they enthused.
Oh shit. I've got no idea if it's safer on this track or out on the roads of Chiang Mai.
Details: 10 minute session 800 baht for single seater. Crash-free driving is often rewarded with extended time.