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KTM X BOW Clubsport

KTM is celebrating the first anniversary of its X-BOW range at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show with the unveiling of an entire array of new vehicles and technologies. The year old X-Bow range will debut at the show no less than than five different models: X-BOW Street, X-BOW Clubsport, X-BOW GT4, X-BOW Superlight and X-BOW ROC.

The philosophy of KTM is embodied by the entry-level racecar named “Clubsport”. Particularly when it comes to safety, it is in no way inferior, thanks to the FIA crash test-approved monocoque, but at the same time it is also street-homologated: It therefore bridges the gap between unforgettable zigzags on tight country roads and the thrilling track day battle against the clock.

The KTM X-BOW Clubsport

 

When KTM CEO Stefan Pierer and designer Gerald Kiska had the idea for their first four-wheeled

vehicle, the objective was soon clear. It stemmed from KTM's company philosophy, which demanded that the X-BOW be a true ‘Ready to Race' product. The revolutionary supersport car had to be equally at home in all driving situations, whether on the road or on the racetrack. As a result, the best specialist partner was selected to turn the radical idea into a reality: Dallara. The famous Italian motorsport and supersport car manufacturer has been victorious with its designs in practically every leading race series around the world. KTM and Dallara defined the key performance targets; and with lateral acceleration of 1.5 g and downforce of around 200 kilograms at 200 km/h, the objective was to set new performance records for production vehicles approved for use on the road.

 

Naturally, all these requirements were met and the KTM X-BOW Clubsport has proven this to

amateurs and professionals alike, both on and off the racetrack. And now there is a special X-BOW, tuned to the needs of all those drivers who enjoy a regular outing on the race circuit. The Clubsport model perfectly combines approval for road use with advanced features for the racetrack. Above all, with regard to safety, it raises the bar on the already-unrivalled standard.

 

The chassis, which already employs formula racing technology with its adjustable shock absorbers (including preload adjusters) in a pushrod arrangement, now offers even greater fine tuning options for ambitious amateur racers and semi-professionals alike, with adjustable stabilisers and pushrods.

 

But above all, for 59,980 Euros (plus national taxes and import duties), the X-BOW Clubsport offers its owners safety technology from GT motorsport, raising the extremely high level of safety provided by the monocoque even further in several ways. The rollover bars are made from steel and the front rollover protection structure of the monocoque is further enhanced. Side ‘protection drops' have been added, which prevent the wheels of other vehicles becoming entangled, along with a six-point safety harness, emergency stop switch, racing head supports, a fire extinguisher and a dry battery.

 

Standard Clubsport equipment in detail:

- Carbon fibre racing monocoque with crash box made from visible carbon fibre

- Audi 2.0 TFSI engine with direct fuel injection

- Mechanical limited-slip differential

- Racing underbody and rear diffuser in aluminium composite and carbon fibre front splitter

- Performance suspension with adjustable rebound and compression damping and preload adjuster

- Adjustable pushrods and anti-roll bars front and rear

- Lateral crash guards and steel rollover bar

- Six-point safety harness, racing head supports, steel towing eyes

- Main power kill switch, hand-held fire extinguisher and dry battery

- Individually adjustable pedals

- Adjustable and removable multi-function steering wheel

KTM X BOW Clubsport

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