NYACK, N.Y. — Euro-style go karts clocking speeds of 50 m.p.h. will soon race around the upper level of the Palisades Center in Nyack through a 43,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.
Autobahn Indoor Speedway’s first mall location is one of 10 racetracks planned so far, managing partner David Larsen said. Open locations include two in Baltimore, Birmingham, Memphis, and Jacksonville. Set to open this year are Nyack; Manassas, Vir./D.C.; Hampshire Mall, Mass.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Tucson, Ariz.
The mall approached them, Larsen said, because Palisades wanted to offer something different and exciting as far as entertainment options.
“We pick locations based on demographics, but we also need to be approximately 20 miles from the nearest competitor,” he said. “We are very excited to have Palisades Center be our first mall-based location.”
Larsen said they expect to have over 5,000 racers a month who will get “a real race experience.”
The fast speeds mean the vast majority of customers are adults. The facility makes a point to incorporate numerous team building opportunities, and Autobahn is host to frequent company outings.
The business community will be an important customer base, said Larson. “Probably half of our business is going to be corporate events,” he said.
There also are Junior Karts for kids ages 8 to 12 years old, and a few nights a week there are race leagues for both amateur and semi-pro.
After three years in the business, Larsen said he’s still surprised by how quickly they burn through tires and batteries but it’s to be expected at these kinds of speeds.
The karts are designed and manufactured in Italy and are inspired by Formula One race cars. They are fast, modern, durably designed, reliable and handle easily, Larsen said. “Like the best cars in the world, the technology in our karts has been subjected to continual evolution prompted by both research and by track experience.”
The Palisades Center location is expected to open by April.
Click here for more information or call 845-535-1515.
Autobahn Indoor Speedway is located at Palisades Mall, 1000 Palisades Center.
Hours will be Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-Midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-Midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
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