An augmented reality go-karting track is coming to London

A brand new go-karting track is coming to East London this summer, and it’s not like one you’ve ever seen before.

Using augmented reality tech, Chaos Karts will project scenery and power-ups onto the track, which you can interact with as you drive round.

The end result will be akin to driving in a video game, like those frequented by a certain Italian plumber and his pals.

From the people who brought Crystal Maze to the masses, Chaos Karts will be located on Fleet Street Hill in Shoreditch, just minutes walk from Brick Lane.

Karters can take advantage of the power-ups and weapons that appear virtually on the track, and even send challenges to fellow racers to spice up the game.

With 20,000 square feet of space, there are endless AR ‘realities’ you can experience.

Plus, makers claim it’s safer than traditional karting due to ‘anti-collision technology’, where the power cuts out in the cars if drivers are about to hit each other.

Tom Lionetti-Maguire, the founder of Chaos Karts said: ‘Creating a real-life version of a video game has been an obsession for some time and we are delighted to have cracked it.

‘We got it to the proof-of-concept stage at the end of last year and we were offered the money straight away. It is a video game turned into real life – there really is nothing else like it.

‘This makes normal go karting look like the Flintstones. Every time you play it, the adrenaline, the pure elation of it… it still surprises me every time.’

He continued: ‘As it is played in small groups, it is Covid compliant. So it is perfect to open in these conditions. I think of it as the phoenix from the ashes. It is proof that going out is coming back to London.

‘I think Londoners are desperate to go out and do something totally different.  And opening in time for a summer of fun that we so desperately deserve, is frankly a dream come true.’

Chaos Karts opens to the public on August 14, and tickets go live today (May 18), costing £30 each.

Those interested in booking can do so here.

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