Top Gear races the KTM X-Bow RR
KTM needed a journo with broad motorsport experience to race the all-new X-Bow RR. Rather erroneously, it phoned TG...
Posted: 10 Aug 2012
Frustrated and angry, finally an aggressive streak arrives, and I start to drive the X-Bow like I should have been doing all along - finding the edge of the tyres' grip, braking as late as the car has been urging, using all of the natural balance of the KTM to really drive it. I even manage to fiddle with the brake bias; this is a first - thinking technically about something. It does mean having to twiddle the dial mid-corner (because otherwise the steering wheel blocks the view, so you can't tell how much you've moved it by), but, still, TopGear is actually using science rather than a hammer to solve a problem.
Which means the race doesn't turn out quite as frustrating as it could have been. I end up 15th - a long way back from my top 10 aim - but things could have been a lot worse. Apart from anything else, the mechanics haven't got to figure out how to rebuild the car for the next event in three weeks' time. It's a mixture of relief and elation.