Capital idea: Go-karting

The floodlights come up and the smell of burnt rubber wafts through the pit lanes. Out here on the track, there’s only winners and losers and you’ll need nerves of steel and the reflexes of a cat to avoid being caught on the wrong side of that line.

The track is about 650m long and the karts reach speeds of up to 80km/h. They’re not putt-putt cars – they zip along pretty damn quickly and you really have to lean into the turns, getting your lines right, to make sure you don’t come a cropper.

At Revolution Karting, you can slot into races on your own or you can get a group of mates together for a private Grand Prix. They even lay on a podium ceremony where you can lift the trophy and spray the adoring crowd with bubbly. Start your engines.