There used to be joke that KTM, the Austria motorcycle company best known for off-road motorcycles, stands for “kick ten more,” because of how hard it was to kick start their motorbikes. But that was early on when bikes were mostly kick start. Anywho, KTM has just announced a new race car.
Yup. You heard that right. A KTM race car. It has been 12 years since the company first entered into the business of making low-volume performance car with X-Bow (pronounced as “crossbow”). In between, X-Bow has seen a number of models including the KTM X-Bow GT Roadster.
The latest model is the KTM X-Bow GTX, a racing car billed as the “new benchmark for lightweight racing cars.”
With a pre-BoP (balance of power) weight of around 1,000 kilograms (2,204 lbs) and over 600 HP produced by an Audi 2.5L straight five TFSi engine, it resulted in an incredible power-to-weight ratio of under 2.0 kilograms per horsepower.
The GTX further features homologated monocoque with a homologated GT cage, as well as homologated advanced seat. Beyond that, not a lot is known. One for thing for sure, though, it is destined for the track (as it mostly has been).
20 cars will be offered this year and subject to the final homologation by the SRO, it could then enter in the all GT2 racing series. There will be a 500 HP version which will allows the GTX to compete in various GT regulations races.
KTM’s appetite to race is immense. It even has plan for a one-make Cup series with the GTX in 2021. Motorsport outfits who are keen will have to hold out for further announcement regarding the technical details and pricing.
Images: KTM AG.