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
Needless to say, I'm not at that sort of time. Not only is the tarmac damp, but the circuit is so crowded for qualifying - there are 29 cars on the grid - that it's difficult to learn the track. The X-Bow is also a surprisingly bulky car: when you're following one, it's difficult to see around it to pick up all the little nuances of the track. Racing Driver Excuse Number 1.
I end up 19th, and realise that the X-Bow is going to require a slightly modified approach. The turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, borrowed from Audi, is seriously quick, but you need to anticipate when you want the power. I'm used to naturally aspirated racers with a bang-the-throttle, get-the-power attitude, but here you need to be asking for acceleration half a second before you require it. Anticipation is key.