New KTM X-Bow Racer

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Time for some GT4 racing.

There's a New KTM X-Bow Racer on the Way and it's Going to be Insane.

KTM is all about devotion to the track driving experience (it also builds awesome motorcycles). Hence its X-Bow, that absolutely wonderful ultralight road and track car. With its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder Audi-sourced engine, it supposedly has a 0-62 time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 135 mph. But now KTM has announced a new project. Joining forces with Reiter Engineering, KTM will soon build a new X-Bow GT4 racecar "for use in motorsport."

t’ll be sold to customers in Europe as well as the US and Asia. The two companies promise to build a car that’s a "revolutionary new vehicle concept into international customer motorsport." We’re told the X-Bow GT4 (or whatever its final name is) will be eligible to compete in many GT4-spec series such as the British GT and the GT4 European Series where it’ll go up against other GT-4-prepped Lotus Evoras, Aston Martin Vantage V8s, and Porsche 911s. There’s no official release date just yet, but word has it the new X-Bow will be ready for the 2015 season.

KTM, purveyor of the rather wonderful X-Bow, has announced that it is to partner with Reiter Engineering in the building and construction of a brand new racing car.

Good News indeed, though we can only illustrate such news with the image posted above. Because it's only a render at this stage, details are a little scant.

KTM tells us the new racecar will be a "completely new X-Bow for use in motorsport," to be championed for international customers across Europe, the USA and Asia.

The Austrian company will partner with Reiter Engineering - responsible don't forget, for the Gallardo GT3, Murcielago GT1 and the Camaro GT3 racers - to build a "revolutionary new vehicle concept into international customer motorsport".

In fact, we're told it was Hans Reiter's idea for a new type of racing X-Bow. His company will handle the actual construction, logistics, sales and supply of spare parts for the new racer.

"This is an opportunity I did not want to miss," explains Hans, "and I presented my ideas to KTM. I'm convinced the new model will attract a lot of interest and will be very successful internationally."

KTM is equally punchy about the new car. "We have established a highly successful one-make series competition for our customers who are also motorsport enthusiasts. There is a demand among them for a racing car that can compete in international races.

"We are hundred per cent convinced that the result will be a real ‘ready to race' product in the best KTM tradition," the spokesman added.

The pair have previous form, too: Christopher Haase won the European GT4 championship in 2008 driving a GT4 KTM X-Bow engineered by Reiter. We'll bring you more info as we get it.


What with electric motocross bikes and its latest single-cylinder Enduros, KTM's eye has been away from the car game for a little while. But the X-Bow is very much still around, and the Austrian company has now detailed its plans to race its car again.


Well obviously it's orange
Well obviously it's orange

Again? Yes, the latest GT4 X-Bow is a follow-up to the original 2008 version, a car that in fact won the European GT4 Championship six years ago. As you can see, the new car carries the significant addition of a roof for the first time, presumably for aerodynamic benefit.

Reiter Engineering will build the car again but as yet there are no further details on the X-Bow GT4. Reiter is notable for having campaigned a Chevrolet Camaro GT3 to attract 'a younger public' than its Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 car. It seems like a good team to have building your racing car. Hans Reiter said of the news: "Now is the ideal time to introduce a revolutionary new vehicle concept into international customer motorsport... I'm convinced that the new model will attract a lot of interest and will be very successful internationally."

The X-Bow will be eligible to compete against a wealth of other GT4-spec cars in series like British GT and the GT4 European Series. The cars include Lotus Evora, Ginetta G55, Aston V8, Toyota GT86 and Porsche 911. KTM hasn't released a date yet for the GT4's release but here's hoping for a 2015 season debut.

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