Helmets provided, but bring your own blue shells.
Hours: Daily, 1pm-1am
Price: 130rmb for as many laps as you can manage in eight minutes. 150rmb for one adult and one kid to do the same.
The Place: Indoor grandpa Disc Cart claims to be the oldest go-kart track in China. That claim remains as murky as ever in 2020. It's showing its age a bit, but it continues to be well-kept. It's basically an entertainment center with a focus on go-karting. They also have a full bar, snacks and an arcade with some old-school games.
The 4,500sqm indoor track has some tight turns, but it also feels really safe, in a good way. You could take your family here for the day and not worry much. On the other hand, they do have that bar, so scope out how the other drivers are doing before you commit. Luckily, they have a nice lounge with a good view of the track. The cars are just okay.
If you sign up for a membership, you get access to the membership cars, which are 15 kilos lighter and have no speed restriction.
Entrance is a bit difficult to find — it's down a dark and narrow stretch of tree-lined road behind the East China Normal University.
Hours: Daily, 10am-midnight
Price: On weekdays it's 138rmb/person for a seven minute session. On weekends it's 168rmb/person for the same.
A newcomer to the karting scene, Mosu opened up around May 2019. An indoor track, this one adds elevation to your average horizontal driving experience: corners bank and veer and there are inclines that rise and dip several meters around the track. It's got a cleaner, more futuristic look, with racing seat chairs in the lounges and driving simulators available off the track. It feels kind of serious.
They have two speeds of kart: the "rookie" kart has a top-speed of about 40km/h, while the "pro" kart can top 60km/h. However, to use the pro karts, you have to prove you can do a lap in less than a minute using the slower kart.
Hours: Tue-Sun, 9am-5pm (closed Mondays)
Price: 200rmb/person for an eight minute session. 1 kid and 1 adult get 180rmb for the same. There's a 10% discount on weekdays.
Situated right next to the F1 track, SIC Kart Land is easily the most professional circuit in Shanghai. The track is hugantic. Giganormous. It's big, we're saying. Plenty of straightaways to vie for position and tight corners where handling skills can make the difference. Since it's outdoor, they don't operate during wet weather because it'd frankly be dangerous.
The regular karts available for rent pootle around at a decent, if unexciting clip, but this track seems designed for the higher-end, professional variety. You can rent the entire circuit for 10,000rmb on a weekday, which comes with the gasoline, the tires, the protection gear and the technicians, but not the kart.
Even if you don't have your own super-kart, it's an easy way to pretend you're in F1.
It's miles from the metro station, so don't try walking: give them a call and they'll come pick you up. Or get a Didi to drop you off.