KTM X-BOW GTR racing onto the GT4 grid

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KTM is no stranger to racing. It has, after all, dominated the motorcycle category at the Dakar Rally for the past decade and a half or so. And since spreading out onto four wheels, the KTM X-Bow has made its mark on GT4-category racing as well. But now that effort is evolving further with the launch of the X-Bow GTR.

With a sleek closed cockpit and more aerodynamic bodywork, the X-Bow GTR is a joint project between KTM and Reiter Engineering, a name you might more readily recognize for turning Lamborghini supercars into racing machinery. Neither party is releasing much information at the moment, and only one official image (to join the previous teaser renderings), but they have disclosed the vehicle's price: at just €139,000 ($158k), the X-Bow GTR is pretty affordable for a racing machine, especially one that promises such extreme performance capabilities.

Final testing work will take place this month ahead of the Balance of Performance test sessions to be held under the auspices of the Stéphane Ratel Organization (SRO) that's mandated by the FIA to run racing programs like the Blancpain sprint and endurance series, the British GT Championship and the GT4 European Series.
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The joint racing project of Reiter Engineering GmbH & Co KG and the KTM Sportcar GmbH is taking on ever more concrete forms. The first roll-out of the new vehicle is set for February, in March will see the SRO "Balance of Performance" test, and in spring the GT4 racing car will be available for the numerous customer teams that have expressed an interest. As of now, both the name and the price have been fixed: The KTM X-BOW GTR will be available from April at € 139,000.

Reiter Engineering owner Hans Reiter is convinced that after many weeks of intensive work that the KTM X-BOW GTR will be ready in time for the "BOP" of the SRO, and indeed "Ready to Race". "First of all I have to compliment all those who have been involved at KISKA, at KTM Technologies and the KTM Sportcar GmbH who have all worked without a break, just as my own people have really done a perfect job in the shortest possible time. We are now in the end phase and if we can keep almost exactly to our self imposed, extremely tight schedule, it is looking good. In keeping with this program, the first tests are planned in mid to late February."

Now that the various development processes are completed and most of the production processes have begun for the many special parts, Hans Reiter is now able to communicate the price of the KTM X-BOW GTR. "At € 139,000 we have managed to offer an attractive price for the most modern and safe GT4 racing car on the market. The GTR features the most advanced racing technology, which is normally only the case in higher categories. And in matters of safety, the monocoque technology offers the most unique protection ever in this class up to this point in time. In addition, thanks to the special construction of our latest racing car, the 'running costs' are kept within encouraging limits."

As with all KTM vehicles, Austrian design studio KISKA was responsible for the design development of the KTM X-BOW GTR. The studio also played a key role in designating the new KTM X-BOW as a "GTR"; a class of vehicle with a rich motorsports heritage that possesses much cachet amongst automotive enthusiasts. By creating the X-BOW GTR, KTM is also taking an important next step in the ongoing evolution of the X-BOW. The brand launched the KTM X-BOW R in 2009 and the KTM X-BOW GT, which features a wraparound windshield, in 2013. The addition of a third iteration of the KTM X-BOW, one that is fully covered and "Ready to Race" is the next logical step in the vehicle's development.

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