German racing driver Christophe Haase has taken a KTM X-Bow RR around the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife in a brisk 7:25.72, and while the car he was piloting is in fact a racing version of the KTM X-Bow, his achievement is still very impressive as you’ll see in this video.
It shows Haase, the winner of the most recent Nürburgring 24 Hours race, as he takes the tiny X-Bow RR around the notorious race track.
It gives us a good sense of just how difficult it is to complete a lap at pace, even in a car designed for track use.
For those unfamiliar with the KTM X-Bow (pronounced “crossbow”), it is a lightweight track car built by an Austrian firm famous for its motorcycles. The cars are powered by a mid-mounted 2.0-liter turbo four sourced from Audi and even come in street-legal flavor.
The X-Bow RR featured in this video serves as the basis for drivers competing in the official KTM racing series, the KTM X-Bow Battle. However, for its Nürburgring attempt, it was homologated for road use, which meant changing its racing slicks to Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.
Output from its engine registers at 360 horsepower.
Haase needed only two laps to set the time, which is now the fastest ever set by someone driving an X-Bow. However, the German racing driver sees plenty of potential for improvement, and will likely repeat the attempt again at some point in the near future.
“We had a lot of wind and very little grip--but we have to hold something back for next year, don’t we?,” he said after posting the latest time.