Auto Express wanted to put the Caterham Seven 620R in a hot-lap battle against a KTM X-Bow at Blyton Park. Unable to procure an X-Bow, they substituted another open-air KTM: the Super Duke R 1290, a streetfighter that the company nicknamed "The Beast." That set up a 310-horsepower, 1,100-pound four-wheeler up against a 180-horsepower, 416-pound two-wheeler... and English weather.

Trying to get some parity with the two on a damp track, AE made the Caterham do a donut just after the start and inserted a couple of challenges for both vehicles during the race itself, just to make things interesting. Then a storm came just as the race started, and that got the whole thing soggy. You can see the wet, drifty, wheelie results in the video below.



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      svt2399
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is it just me or does it seem pointless to track test vehicles in wet road/track conditions? I mean we can somewhat forcast weather conditions these days. Is there that much of a time constraint that these tests cant wait for dry conditions? How a car handles in adverse weather is part of the equation but seriously who really exploists performance potential of their vehicle in slick/wet conditions short of being a professional racer!? Am I missing some important value to these types of tests?
      Lewis
      • 6 Months Ago
      Maybe some rain tires would have made this more interesting. I wonder if the rider turned off the TC the whole lap or just when he wanted to wheelie for the camera. (KTM TC programs incorporate anti wheelie as well as normal duties with wheelspin)
      Mark Maxwell
      • 6 Months Ago
      That's right. The bike wins again! And at a fraction of the cost of the car with way more fun factor. (Naturally car lovers will disagree on that last point.)
      thedriveatfive
      • 6 Months Ago
      The car had to do a doughnut first, unfair bonkers test.