KTM X-BOW #2# Concept, design, production and development of the road-homologated cars

ISBN-10: 1787114333

ISBN-13: 9781787114333


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KTM X-BOW #2# Concept, design, production and development of the road-homologated cars

by Thillainathan Pathmanathan and Anne Christina Reck

A tribute to the dazzling KTM X-BOW - the world’s first production sports car with a full carbon composite monocoque.

To fully understand and enjoy this car it should be appreciated on many different levels: a racing car for the road, and a road car that can excel on the track; its unique composition and aerodynamic qualities; its design and aesthetics.

The X-BOW was brought to life by the virtually unlimited resources of an industrial giant steeped in motorsport, which demanded that it be technologically cutting-edge. The car was honed to perfection by arguably the finest racing car engineers in the world, for whom ‘best in class’ was a minimum requirement. It is an objét d’art that can race in anger, or can transport in style. It startles, it fascinates, it wins.

As Mr Toad (of The Wind in the Willows fame) would undoubtedly have said, it is “A most unusual car!” - we are lucky that this most unusual car, the KTM X-BOW, exists in our lifetime. This book details the design and development, the build process, racing history, and what it’s like to live with and maintain a X-BOW, written by joint owners and enthusiasts, with the full cooperation of the car’s designers and developers.


  • The duality of road-racers
  • KTM & the concept
  • KISKA & designing desire
  • Dallara & the pursuit of excellence
  • Drawing in the elements - Concept to production
  • The KTM X-BOW factory
  • The KTM X-BOW production line
  • The carbon fibre monocoque
  • Aerodynamics
  • The technicalities
  • The Audi TFSI engine
  • Electrical & electronic systems
  • Model variants
  • Customising a bespoke road-racer
  • The KTM X-BOW Battle - Racing the road-racer
  • What the motoring press said
  • The rivals
  • Expert opinions
  • Random musings of a dilettante

Buch, Hardcover, 25,5 x 25,5 cm, 160 Seiten, 180 farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text