When the Gas Runs Out, All the Gearheads Will be Kiwis

Imagine a world where motorsports, as we know them, are no longer feasible. Fossil fuels are too rare, too expensive, and Formula E is still doing that stupid car swap thing that makes the races feel fake and scripted. People still want- maybe even need- to race each other, though. Where will they be able to feed that need for speed? If they’re smart, they’ll head to New Zealand.

I first learned about New Zealand’s Skyline Rotorua attraction from this tweet by Silodrome, and I am hooked! The racing looks real, there are definitely skill-based advantages to be had, and the 60 km/h karts are definitely fast enough to help you sample the local Kiwis’ hospital food if things go sideways. Just watch this video of the record run at Skyline’s “advanced” track and see what you think.

 

Skyline Advance Track | Record Run

Did you watch that video? If you didn’t, you really need to in order to get a full sense of what I mean when I tell you that downhill luge racing really is should be the next big thing we talk about when it comes to sustainable motorsports. Formula E be damned!

The basic premise is simple: you put a bunch of gravity powered karts on a twisty track and let the Kiwis race dirty. It sounds almost too simplistic and stupid to be a thing, but it looks glorious. Add in the fact that New Zealand is in the Southern hemisphere- so it’s summer there, now, while Formula 1 is in its off-season– and you have all the makings of a fantastic treatment for Formula 1 withdrawals.

Don’t just take my word for it, though. Check out the video, at top, and some of the photos, below, and let us know what you think of the luge kart concept in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Even better- I’ll try to get my favorite of Kiwis, Walt to actually check out Rotorua’s advanced track and report back to us with some OC GoPro videos.

 

Skyline Luge | Rotorua New Zealand

Source | Images: Skyline Luge via Silodrome, Pinterest.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.