October 9, 2015

F1 Singapore’s long over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get all the adrenaline-pumping action. In fact, take it a step further – step right into the driver’s seat. No longer do we have to head to Malaysia for a full-fledged karting experience, because there’s a new fun karting circuit in town, The Karting Arena @ Bukit Timah.

Located at Turf City, it’s also Singapore’s first-ever permanent electric karting track, meaning it’s environmentally-friendly, not noisy and fume-spewing like conventional gasoline ones. These Birel electric karts from Italy and Japan are also widely regarded as the fastest accelerating karts in the market, and it’s the best down to the way it’s handled, weight distribution, electronic speed control and remote emergency shut down.

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Founder Claire Jedrek (also our May cover girl) and Yuey Tan, both professional race car drivers, aim to make the karting experience fun, safe and inexpensive, quite opposite from the serious sport it’s associated with.

“The new track is designed specifically for leisure karting. We have been involved in Singapore karting for a few years and have met many people who enjoy karting, but not on a professional level. The Karting Arena @ Bukit Timah allows us to offer a strategic venue to hobby and corporate level enthusiasts to enjoy karting as a social activity,” said Tan.

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Rates for each individual starts from $25 per session, and that’s a total of 8 minutes, or about 15 laps. The circuit consists of a 500m-long track with 11 turns and sweeping corners, while there are two separate race formats – Sprint follows an F1-style race with only one driver emerging as Champion, while a Customisable format means drivers can drive at their own time and pace.

The Karting Arena, at 200 Turf Club Road, #01-01B, The Grandstand, South Car Park, Singapore 287994. The venue opens from 10.00am till 10.00pm daily.

For more information on safety requirements, rates, corporate and customized events booking, and track availability at The Karting Arena @ Bukit Timah, please visit or email