Tottenham join forces with Formula 1 after launching the world’s FIRST electric stadium go-kart circuit in a 15-year deal… with fans able to take to the track from this autumn
- Tottenham Hotspur launch a 15-year joint venture with Formula 1
- The go-kart circuit under the South Stand will be London’s longest indoor track
- Official racing and fan experiences are due to start in fall 2023
Tottenham Hotspur have announced an impressive new 15-year partnership with Formula 1, which will bring a karting experience to the club’s 60,000-seat stadium.
The deal will see the club have the world’s first electric stadium go-kart installation, beneath the club’s iconic South Stand, making it London’s longest indoor track.
Following the partnership with F1, the track has already been accredited by the National Karting Association, so it may host future competitions of the national karting championship.
But the experience will also be available to fans and other visitors to the stadium and will include other motorsport activities and food and beverage facilities.
The partnership with F1 aims to bring greater diversity to motorsport, especially for women and other under-represented groups, while also giving F1 a hub in London to grow its fan base globally.
Tottenham Hotspur announced a unique 15-year partnership with Formula 1
Formula 1 is committed to promoting its brand globally and sees the Spurs stadium as a center of London
In addition, the club and F1 will provide educational activities for schools to promote motorsport, as well as increasing career opportunities by introducing pathways into engineering and software development.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: ‘Since building this stadium, our ambition has always been to see how far we can push the boundaries in delivering world-class experiences that will attract people from around the world all year round.
‘We’ve managed to bring the biggest names in sport and entertainment to London N17. We are extremely excited about what this long-term partnership with F1 will bring to our global, national and local communities.’
F1 president and former Ferrari director Stefano Domenicali has revealed his delight at securing a partnership with Spurs.
He said: ‘As we continue to grow our sport around the world, partnering with world-renowned brands like Tottenham Hotspur allows us to bring Formula 1 and motorsport to new and diverse audiences.
“The karting experience will be a destination and a place that families, friends and aspiring drivers around the world will want to visit and enjoy, engaging new audiences and providing an accessible entry point into the world of motorsport.
‘Our brands have a shared vision to create life-changing career opportunities, promote diversity and inclusion, such as through the recently announced F1 Academy, and drive environmental sustainability – our innovative partnership will bring it all to life.’
David Richards CBE, Chairman of Motorsport UK, the governing body for four-wheel racing in the UK, added: “I congratulate Tottenham Hotspur and Formula 1 on this groundbreaking partnership.
‘This new karting facility aligns perfectly with Motorsport UK’s mission to inspire and enable more people to participate in our sport in a safe, fair, fun, inclusive and progressive environment.’
The go-kart track will be under the club’s iconic South Stand (pictured above)
Formula 1 hopes the karting experience will help promote motorsport to under-represented groups. Pictured above, Lewis Hamilton drives a kart while racing for McLaren in 2007
FIA boss Stefano Domenicali (left) and Spurs president Daniel Levy expressed satisfaction with the deal
‘I’m looking forward to seeing even more people enjoy karting, but particularly to seeing a greater level of diversity amongst visitors.’
The partnership will also focus on promoting environmental responsibility. F1 is committed to a net zero carbon initiative by 2030, while Tottenham, as the Premier League’s greenest club, is committed to halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and becoming net zero by 2040.
The karting circuit is the latest non-football attraction at the club’s impressive new stadium, which opened in 2019, with the club currently enjoying a 10-year partnership with the NFL, as well as attracting boxing matches, including the Anthony Joshua with Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury defeating Dereck Chisora in December.
Music concerts were also held, while the club’s walkway atop the stadium helped generate 365-day usage and added £300m a year to boost the local economy in one of London’s most deprived boroughs.