Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Track Daze: KTM X-Bow Race

The KTM X-Bow Race offers superbike-on-four-wheels performance, but at a huge price

Conceived back in 2005 by KTM CEO Stefan Pierer and KISKA design studio CEO and founder Gerald Kiska, the KTM X-Bow is a rather special ‘car.’ Designed to deliver the excitement and immediacy of motorcycling on four wheels rather than two, the KTM X-Bow actually works. It looks insanely cool, and judging by the various test results worldwide, it flat out works.

Now, KTM are stepping things up to the next level and are ready with the KTM X-Bow Race, an FIA homologated GT4 Sports Light racing car, which costs 82,900 euros (about US$105,000) and features up to 30 new or modified components over the standard model. Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2009.

Italian racing driver Loris Bicocchi was the test and development driver for the KTM X-Bow Race project, and since Bicocchi has earlier been involved in the development of cars like the Koenigsegg CCR and the Bugatti Veyron, the results can’t possibly be too bad for the X-Bow.

Among others, changes to the X-Bow Race (compared to the standard model) include higher-spec dampers, racing brake pads, different catalytic converter, semi-slick tyres, kevlar-reinforced side panels, carbonfibre windscreen extension (for telemetry equipment installation), fire extinguisher system and adjustable brake balance.

825kg dry weight, 240bhp 2.0-litre engine, six-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive. Hmmm...!

There is also a long list of options, including racing brake discs, adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, adjustable front push rods, easy-rescue driver seat shell and 2D data logging system with software.

With its carbon composite monocoque chassis, the rear-wheel-drive KTM X-Bow Race weighs 825 kilos dry. And its transverse mid-mounted Audi four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged engine makes 240bhp at 5,500rpm and 310Nm of torque at 2,000-5,500rpm.

The gearbox is a six-speed manual unit, while the fully independent, fully adjustable suspension comprises of double wishbones with twin push-rod operated concentric coil spring/damper units, front and rear. The car rolls on 17-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels, shod with 205/50 and 235/40 tyres.
Performance, while not in the same league as sportsbikes, is still pretty impressive. Zero to 100km/h takes 3.9 seconds, 160km/h comes up in 8.51 seconds and top speed is 220km/h. So for those who either want to go racing, or who are rich enough to be able to afford a very expensive toy for trackdays, start talking to your local KTM dealer now…

Here's a Fifth Gear video of Tiff Needell testing the standard KTM X-Bow

Also see:
Pendolauto: Franco Sbarro's four-wheeled motorcycle concept...
Lumeneo Smera: An interesting car-motorcycle hybrid…
The amazing Peraves MonoTracer...
Carver One: The coolest trike ever!
Tiff Needell tests the Kawasaki ZZR1200-powered Campagna T-Rex!
Gut-wrenching: The Hayabusa-powered, 455bhp SR8LM
Bandito: Hannigan Motorsports’ Kawasaki ZX-14 sidecar...

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