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KTM X-BOW

Race Report – X-Bow Cup USA

Simraceway hosted the first of four race weekends for the KTM X-BOW Cup USA on the final weekend of June. The inaugural event was a success, going down flawlessly with no mechanical issues or on-track incidents of any kind. All the competitors had a memorable time, and the event proved that the KTM X-BOW Comp R in Cup Spec really is the perfect platform for Simraceway’s ‘Arrive-and-Drive’ series. 

Race Day 1

Day one saw all Cup competitors immediately getting comfortable with their cars and setting fast lap times. The top four competitors were covered by a mere 0.624 of a second! Daniel Doerr qualified on pole for the first race of the weekend, his first ever pole position.

Adam Miller, who had never been to Sonoma Raceway and only driven one session by the time qualifying came, was already showing he was a strong contender for the podium in race one. After a hard fought battle throughout the field, Doerr came out victorious. Will De La Rosa finished in second in his first ever car race, and Adam Miller came close to taking a maiden podium.

Race two was gridded based on finishing position from race one and evolved into a battle of tire management. Miller and Doerr fought hard on track, but Miller managed his tires best, in addition to having the fastest race lap, and secured the win. Michael Kopper was the picture of consistency and showed impressive pace on aging rubber, finishing fourth after other competitors struggled late in the race.

Race Day 2

All Cup racers were given new tires for the second day of racing which dramatically tightened the competition. Qualifying saw the top four cars separated by only a second, and Miller nearly broke into the 1:49’s with a blistering time of 1:50.156.

Race three – the first race on race day two – showed that all the drivers had really found their stride and lap times were consistent and fast throughout the race. Doerr, Miller, De La Rosa, and Jastremski exchanged spots during the entire race in daring out-braking maneuvers, and Doerr and Miller had some truly exciting battles even going side-by-side through the Esses. While Miller set the fastest lap time of the race and even broke into the 1:49’s, Doerr won the race by only 0.191 seconds over Miller.

Race four was the final race of the weekend and was a true dog fight. Despite being tired from racing all weekend, every driver was unafraid to drive in each other’s mirrors, stick their noses in everywhere they could, and attempt some heroic late braking.

Jastremski showed his speed and was quickly hunting for the lead. Miller had a late-race spin which pushed him out of the lead and mixed up the order. Jastremski, Doerr, and De La Rosa continued to fight furiously, and De La Rosa and Doerr were inches apart toward the end of the race. At the checkered flag, it was De La Rosa who came out on top despite a last lap pass attempt in the final corner by Doerr, giving Will his first race win ever on his first ever race weekend!

After winning two of the four races, Daniel Doerr walked away with a commanding points lead in the X-BOW Cup. In second place was Will De La Rosa, who isn’t even old enough to drive on the street, but showed incredible race pace on his first race weekend. Rounding out the podium was Adam Miller who had great pace and kept a cool head among stiff competition.

More Great Racing To Come

It was wonderful to see that the formula of a full day of practice and two identical race days with two races each worked so well. The competition between all the drivers was tight and exciting, the cars worked perfectly, and most importantly, the series gave people the opportunity to drive competitively and safely. We’re excited for the upcoming race weekends, having even more cars and drivers competing, and for even closer racing!

Meet Project Wondercar: The KTM X-Bow COMP R


This is what adrenaline feels like.


A street legal racing car. It’s the dream and a term that gets used and abused by manufacturer special edition barges with racing stripes and deep dish alloys. With Project Wondercar, the KTM X-Bow COMP R, we have the purist, rawest and most spectacular driving experience you can get on four wheels. 

The Austrian superstar is ready and waiting at our performance center at Sonoma Raceway, California, to show you a whole new world. It’s a world without windshields, it’s a world where the wind pounds your full-face helmet and it’s a world of go-kart fast reflexes and driving fun.

Skim the asphalt at 145mph!

Icons Give Way To The Experience

The X-Bow is different. It’s small, its exposed and it’s a racing car tamed just enough for public consumption. It’s the ragged edge of driving. 

We have learned lessons from the past and previous track car titans that included the Audi R8 V8 and McLaren 570 S. They were apex predators, but they were built for the road. These high-powered rockets were built to insulate the driver from the experience. They are polished, and we wanted visceral.

With just 300bhp and 310lb/ft of torque, the X-Bow COMP R isn’t intimidating to drive, but it’s seriously quick. It weighs just 1,740lb. That’s basically half a Porsche 911 and it’s this power-to-weight ratio that is the essence of the X-Bow COMP R’s magic.It’s a super sportscar like you’ve never experienced before. It’s a real racing car for the road.

Track tires and downforce are all part of the KTM X-Bow experience. This car will raclibrate your sense of speed.

Racing Car With Added Toughness

We know racing cars and have run them for years at Sonoma Raceway and across the United States. A racing car is a different animal. We wanted to bring that pure feeling of speed you get in an open-wheel racer to the people, without the complexity, breakdowns and headaches that go with thoroughbred racing cars. 

Safety was always a non-negotiable. We want our clients to enjoy the same protection as elite racing drivers, from the carbon-fiber chassis through to the FIA crash box and 6-point safety harness. We also wanted an approachable car that the driver can push without relying on a mass of electronic driver aids. 

We needed two seats so our expert driving instructors can show you just how to get the most out the car and the track, as well as offering high-thrills passenger rides where you can feel a modern supercar at the absolute outer limits. Then we looked for a car with potential for a racing series on US soil.

We wanted the impossible and scoured the globe to find it. On a chance trip to Austria, we found it.  The KTM  X-Bow R stepped up to the plate and delivered on all counts, smashing it out the park and becoming an instant hit on its arrival at Sonoma. 

Meet the fleet that will raise your heartbeat. 7 KTM X-Bows get ready for a hard day on the track..

Breaking Records at Sonoma

The X-Bow has already broken a number of the records at our home circuit, Sonoma Raceway, beating times set by its more powerful pre predecessors from Audi and McLaren.  The KTM is the new King of the Hill around our challenging 2.52-mile home circuit.

The lightweight, low-slung rocket that is the KTM X-Bow R has blown the competition off the track. It slams through 60mph in 3.9s and tops out at 144mph, but those numbers simply don’t do this road rocket justice. It comes alive in the bends.

You will attack corners like never before in the KTM X-Bow R at the Sonoma Raceway.

Connect With The KTM

You will see the car respond as the front wheel clips the curb on a high speed bend. You’ll feel the back end move as you learn to control the perfect slide under the watchful eye of our instructors and you will feel the Alcantara-wrapped wheel dance in your hands as you find the absolute limit.

You’ll take the hit in the back as the turbo comes on song when you power out of the bend and the engine screams in your ear to go faster down the straightaways. The wind will lash at your helmet, you’ll feel pure speed and it’s an emotional moment that will stay with you forever.

With the racing suspension, basic downforce and a lightweight frame, the KTM X-Bow simply destroys conventional road cars of any caliber in the corners. Grippy, track-bred tires mean you can corner on rails or slide through the bend. Either way, it’s a car that will recalibrate your concept of speed. 

Feel Part of the Car in the X-Bow

More than the Audi, more than even the McLaren, the KTM makes you feel part of the car. That instant, synaptic response will help make you a better driver, too, as you learn to master this grown-up go-kart that goes deep into triple figures. 

That low-slung front splitter and minimal ground clearance are a challenge on the public road, but at our performance driving center you don’t need to worry about the practicalities of life. It doesn’t matter that you’re almost lying down, with a crash helmet and racing gloves on. You’re just here to have fun and the KTM X-Bow R is mainlined adrenaline.

The X-Bow R has become a cult car in Europe, and now it has arrived in the USA at Sonoma Raceway..

The Birth of the KTM X-Bow

Motorcycle manufacturer KTM made its name with endurance and Moto X bikes. It announced its ambitious plan to bring motorbike like thrills to four wheels back in 2008. Now there’s a European racing series, the X-Bow is a star at tracks around Europe and it can do the same on US soil.

KTM worked with Audi and chassis experts Dallara, which produces cars for everything from IndyCar and Formula One and World Sportscars through to junior racing series. The resulting carbon-fiber chassis is stiffer than steel, lighter and safer. 

The X-Bow has transformed into the R, and the RR is coming…

Evolution of the R

KTM started out with a 240bhp version of Audi’s 2-liter turbo engine that features in everything from the VW Golf to to the Audi A6. Now it’s pumping out 300bhp in the X-Bow R and  the car has evolved over time. There isn’t much to the KTM, but everything there is race-bred and that comes at a price.

The X-Bow R isn’t official in the USA as yet and this is one of the first cars on these shores. Just know that you won’t get change from $100,000 for a KTM X Bow R that is fully ‘Ready to Race’. Of course, you can just come and drive ours like you stole it for the day instead. You have fun, and let us worry about the bill….

The KTM X-Bow R is the next step in driving thrills and it really is a cutting edge four-wheeled motorbike. Come and feel it for yourself, and find out just what this street-legal racing car has to offer. 

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