Famous for hosting the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix and other major motorsports events, Sepang has something for us mere mortals too. After exhausting the endless cultural activities in Kuala Lumpur, indulge your need for speed at the Sepang International Kart Circuit.
Approximately 60 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur and 15 minutes from KL International Airport is a track designed by Hermann Tilke, the man behind numerous Formula One circuits, including Sepang F1. Get behind the wheel on a 1.2 kilometre circuit that comes with 11 exhilarating and hair-raising bends. With the same tarmac surface as the main track in Sepang, you’ll feel like Schumacher on his best day, even if you race like his worst.
Each race lasts for 10 minutes and for those who want a relaxing, no-frills experience, the 150cc karts will take you on a breezy six to eight laps in that span of time for 40 ringgit. Adrenaline junkies can hop into a 220cc go-kart where you’ll drift around curves and make an average of 10 to 12 laps for 100 ringgit.
If you’re planning to race in a big group, why not go for the full-blown Formula One race? Size up your competition during the practice and qualifying rounds before giving it your all in the final set. With a minimum of 10 people, 280 ringgit will get you race management, time keeping and up to an hour of racing.
Other than getting a brain shuffle, you won’t have to worry about safety. While it’s not bumper cars, you’ll be strapped and buckled in while each driver is provided with a helmet and a less fashionable shower cap-esque thing for hygiene purposes.
If you’re in the area for a layover, why not stay at the Tune Hotel located next to the LCCT budget terminal and 10 minutes from the Sepang International Circuit? If you’re visiting in March, combine the testing of your skills with the eagerly anticipated Formula One Grand Prix.
Getting to Sepang by public transport outside of race days can be a slight chore, so your best bet is heading to the LCCT terminal with the normal airport buses and then hopping on the Skybus shuttle from there. Alternatively, take a ride for 10-15 minutes with a taxi from the airport.
By Sarah Hishan
Last updated on 25th February, 2015.