KTM X-Bow Superlight revealed at the Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

With performance at the forefront of its design, the KTM X-BOW does not come with a lot of creature comforts. The X-BOW's unique design: no roof or windshield, no air-condition and no entertainment feature are all intended for the driver to focus on the most important thing at hand driving.

The supercar also comes with an unprecedented carbon fiber monocoque, something that only F1 and other one-seater racing formula employed.

On the street, however, such a chassis, which is quite expensive, is rarely used. Thus, KTM is proud to be the very first car manufacturer to provide such a chassis at an affordable tag.

The carbon fiber chassis was created in partnership with racing and sports carmaker Dallara and carbon fiber expert Wethje.

The utilization of carbon fiber, a material originally used in space and later in F1, provides a completely new range of possibilities for sportscar construction which the X-B0W have extensively taken advantage of. The material combines unparalleled structural strength of 35,000Nm/o in spite of an open cockpit with an tremendously low weight and incomparable safety.

X-BOW has successfully met the stringent FIA crash test demands from the very beginning.In addition to its advanced monocoque upon which rests a carbon crash box and inboard pushrod suspension, are the black body panels that showcase carbon fiber that provide it its unique looks.

The X-BOW flagship model comes fully-loaded. It comes with a limited-slip differential, very light alloy rims with a single central wheel nut, and a lap timer beside others and a sticker price of 79,980 Euros.

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KTM X-Bow Superlight

Weight reduces performance and detracts from the pleasure of driving. That’s why you won’t find many of the conventional ‘comfort features’ in the KTM-X-BOW. The radical construction, without a roof or windscreen, and the omission of air-conditioning and an entertainment system, are all intended to focus the user’s concentration on a driving experience that is so pure as to be similar to that of a motorbike. But that’s not all: for the first time ever in the history of series-production cars, a chassis made completely of carbon fibre – or to be more precise, a carbon fibre monocoque – has been employed.

For many years this chassis technology has formed the ‘safety net’ in Formula 1 and other single-seater racing formulae, but on the road there have been only a very small number of supersports cars in the very highest price category that have used a carbon fibre monocoque. KTM is proud to be the first company to offer this chassis technology in an affordable form. Together with racing and sportscar manufacturer, Dallara, and carbon fibre specialist, Wethje, the Austrian company has made the lightweight X-BOW a reality.

Carbon fibre, the high-tech material from aerospace and Formula 1, opens up completely new possibilities for sportscar construction that have been extensively exploited in the X-BOW’s construction. It combines an incomparably strong structure – 35,000 Nm/o despite the open cockpit – with extremely low weight (the complete carbon composite monocoque weighs only 90 kilograms) and unrivalled safety. The X-BOW’s high-strength survival cell satisfied the stringent demands of the FIA crash tests right from the start.

As the X-BOW Superlight model, this unique sportscar from KTM displays its motorsport-derived technology for all to see. Added to the advanced monocoque, to which is mounted a carbon crash box and inboard pushrod suspension, are the black body panels of visible carbon fibre that give the Superlight its unique, technoid appearance. The flagship model in the X-BOW line-up is comprehensively equipped. For 79,980 Euros (plus national taxes and import duties) this model comes complete with limited-slip differential, lightweight alloy wheels with a single central wheel nut, lap timer and much, much more.

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