• Apr 22nd 2008 at 8:02AM
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The crew at KTM is basking in the warm glow of victory after debuting its race-ready X-Bow in the European GT4 Sports Light series and taking home two class victories. The team campaigned a pair of X-Bows at the Silverstone circuit in the UK and aside from getting a one-two podium finish in its class, the team mixed it up with the rest of the 16 GT4 contenders, including Aston Martin N24s, Chevrolet Corvettes and Ford Mustangs. Among the 400+ hp racers, the X-Bow placing seventh and eleventh overall in Saturday's race, and fifth and sixth on Sunday. KTM is gearing up for the next race in Monza, Italy on May 17 and 18, and is looking to take another couple of wins before sales of the production X-Bow begins later this summer.

[Source: KTM]


KTM X-Bow Wins Twice on Race Debut
  • Two KTM X-Bow cars, run by German racing specialists Reiter Engineering, score class wins in the new GT4 Sports Light series
  • Both cars finish ahead of immensely more powerful opposition in the GT4 European Cup
  • Excellent results of the KTM X-Bow car's first competitive racing appearance are an emphatic confirmation of the concept behind KTM's sportscar
Last weekend, the KTM X-Bow celebrated its racing debut in the GT4 European Cup at Silverstone Circuit in the UK. The car's performance exceeded all expectations, claiming two class victories and excellent overall placings.

Both cars, which are run by the German team Reiter Engineering, completed practice, qualifying and two races without any technical problems – confirming that the KTM X-Bow really is 'Ready to Race'. Entry into the GT4 racing series has been used as the last acid test for the car, shortly before the series production begins this Summer.

The performance of the KTM X-Bow on the track surprised even the most optimistic among the Reiter team, with the cars finishing ahead of more established, and more powerful opposition. This was despite running on treaded tyres, with added ballast and an increased ride height, at the instruction of GT4 race officials to equalise the performance of the field.

Though the KTM X-Bow is strictly only competing against rival vehicles in the new 'Sports Light' category of GT4, the X-Bow raced alongside cars in the 400-HP-category. Other cars in the GT4 series include the Aston Martin N24, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette.

Among a starting field of 16 high-performance racecars, the KTM X-Bow finished seventh and eleventh overall in the first race, and fifth and sixth in the second race.

The amazing results demonstrate the perfect concept and the awesome performance of the 'Ready to Race' KTM X-Bow. KTM is looking forward to the next round of the GT4 European Cup, which will take place on 16-18 May at Monza, Italy.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I rather have a KTM RC8.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This sounds like it could be a pretty cool racing class if you could get a field of X-Bows, 2-11s, Atoms, Radicals, Caterham, etc zipping around a track.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I found some pictures from this race in Silverstone:

      • 7 Years Ago
      The class win bit does not sound too difficult. Only KTM entered the GT4 Light class! Lotus will enter the 2/Eleven later in the year, along with the "YES".

      Overall result in GT4 was Aston, Corvette, Aston.

      Future overall victory for KTM, or any other Light will be dependant on any equalisation measures of the officals
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah yes, small cars with little engines (making big horsepower). I love seeing old film clips of LeMans with little cars mixing it up. Mulsanne straight is a different story, but it's fun to watch.

      Yep, I agree on the live axle comment. You can do all sorts of tricks to make the geometry work, including learning how to drive it right. I see it all the time in SCCA American Sedan and NASA AI/AIX. The haters should take a look at Andy McDermid's Mustang, and the Agent 47 Mustang.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you aini't first, you're last!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoa, I am not sure that I would be wanting to share a race track with Astons, Corvettes, and Mustangs due to the fear of being crushed like a composite soda can. The weight difference between the KTM and the full sized cars is stunning.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is unfair that such a small car is racing among big GT cars. There should be a minimum weight in the GT4 class
        • 7 Years Ago
        "This was despite running on treaded tyres, with added ballast and an increased ride height, at the instruction of GT4 race officials to equalise the performance of the field."

        Read the actual press release, duh.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Added ballast doesn't necessarily mean it's equal to weight or even power to weight ratio.

        A smaller car with a shorter wheelbase and/or better suspension setup will carry the corners better.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rick, you do realise that much of the development work on IRS is to make them do things that a stick axle does by design - keep the tires pointed parallel to each other and perpendicular to the pavement (actually, stick axles CAN run some camber if desired) and keep the roll center from migrating.
        Stick axles can also use the torque reaction on the tires to provide more traction at the rear tires, something not possible with IRS.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Re. the Mustang's solid axle: That's on a race track. Try living with that rear suspension up here in New England! IRS will dust it every time on these roads.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unfortunately KTM abandoned North America exportation of his X-Bow. What a shame after waiting almost one year for my order.
        • 7 Years Ago

        last week KTM send a formal letter to every North America(US/Canada) pre-order informing us of the bad news.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i went to limerock one time for vintage races and it was pretty cool seeing a lotus elan and mini cooper mixing it up with 70s mustangs,camaros and XKEs. The Elan won
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, I seen races like that too. But the vast improvement suspension technology has negated that advantage.

        The Elise, which is vastly improved over the Elan, could not beat today's Mustangs, Corvettes or Vipers at Limerock.

        The BIG cars has closed the handling gap considerably and are not as bad as they used to be in the corners. The horsepower advantage negates the Elise's prowess in the corners.
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