KTM X-Bow RR rockets at the 'Ring
AUDI'S FRIENDLY GESTURE: KTM smashed its own record at the Nordschleife courtesy of a monstrous X-Bow RR - and a driver and engine borrowed from Audi.
In 2009, KTM set its fastest lap at the Nürburgring for its X-Bow at 8min10s using a 178kW "Club Sport" version of the Austrian super sports car.
In 2012, the automaker smashed its record with a blistering pace of 7min25s in an X-Bow RR. The model serves as the basis for drivers competing in the official KTM racing series.
The X-Bow RR was powered by a two-litre four-cylinder TFSI engine from Audi. Michelin street legal tyres were fitted for the Nürburgring record attempt.
FRIENDLY GESTURE FROM AUDI
Christophe Haase, who won the 2008 GT4 European Championship in a KTM X-Bow GT was chosen to drive the car.
Haase had two laps to beat the previous record and he was timed at 7min25 during his second attempt. Despite the achievement Haase still sees plenty of room for improvement.
He said: “We had a lot of wind and very little grip – but we have to hold something back for next year, don’t we? I’m thrilled with the car. The Audi engine is also a stunner that offers any amount of torque. But the rest of the car is also great.
"The suspension works perfectly and you notice that the X-Bow is lighter than most other cars when you go into every corner. This makes twice as much sense on the technically demanding Nordschleife! In any case the lap time is amazing. I think it shows how good the X-Bow really is because the Nordschleife doesn’t allow for any random good lap times.”
KTM’s director of sales, Hubert Trunkenpolz, said: “My personal respect for registering this lap time. Anyone who has driven on the Nordschleife knows exactly what it means to clock a time under 7mins30s. I am proud of the team and naturally also of our KTM X-Bow RR.
"That shows once again the enormous potential of our car! I would like to thank Michelin for the tyre material and naturally also Audi who not only gave us a perfect engine but also in a very friendly gesture, the services of Christopher as the driver.”