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Chaos Karts augmented reality racing coming to London

by Susan and Simon Veness

Chaos Karts augmented reality go-kart racing comes to London on Aug. 14, pitting friends and family against each other in a real-life Mario Kart-style battle to the finish line.

Chaos Karts augmented reality karting

Take the thrills of go-kart racing, add a heavy dose of augmented reality, throw in some awesome virtual weapons and thumping ambient music, and you’ve got Chaos Karts, a thrilling race amid digitally-projected worlds.

All-electric karts interact with digital obstacles, and riders (driving real karts) can increase their chance of winning by using virtual weapons against their rivals, such as a quick-fire laser gun, a Thor-like hammer projectile, speed boost on their kart, and the ultimate weapon riders can drop on the kart behind them, The Bomb!

Using state-of-the-art technology, each kart allows riders to experience sensations and reactions as they zoom around the track, blasting other racers and activating their power-up feature, for a fully-immersive environment. There are no physical obstacles along the tracks, and karts have anti-collision technology, so helmets and driving suits are not required.

Unlike other indoor racing venues, such as Orlando’s Andretti Indoor Karting, Chaos track choices are practically limitless for the ultimate in repeatability, with location options including Daytona Beach, outer space, and London’s Ultimate Grand Prix.

Chaos Karts is the creation of Tom Lionetti-Maguire, CEO and founder of Little Lion Entertainment.

“We are so excited to be launching this brand-new attraction,” says Lionetti-Maguire, “and especially to be doing so this summer. Creating a real-life version of a video game has been an obsession for some time, and we are delighted to have cracked it. Every time you play, the adrenaline, the pure elation of it […] it still surprises me every time. The gamification of experiences is a phenomenon that is here to stay, and this is the purest distillation of it. It’s a game and an experience, wrapped up in a whole load of silliness, with a sprinkling of nostalgia for good measure. Chaos Karts is a game changer. All this and opening in time for a summer of fun that we so desperately deserve, is frankly a dream come true.”

Two sessions, each with eight players, run every hour, with each session lasting 75 minutes, including pre-race briefing, a break in the action, and post-race debriefing.

Guests ages 13 and up can experience Chaos Karts, though those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum height requirement is 5 feet tall, and other restrictions apply.

The venue, located on Fleet Street Hill, Bethnal Green, London, is open from 4-10 p.m. Monday, 2-10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The venue is closed on December 25-26, and 31.

Tickets are £33 per person ($47) during the off-season, £44 ($62) during peak season, and £55 ($78) during super peak season.

For more information visit ChaosKarts.com.

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