- Apr 22, 2008
KTM X-Bow takes class win in GT4, annoys Astons and 'Vettes
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.
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
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.