As part of the traditional 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps, two press conferences were held in the legendary "Hotel De L'eau Rouge Drivers Club": On the one hand, KTM Sportcar GmbH together with development partner Reiter Engineering and SRO boss Stéphane Ratel presented the new KTM X-BOW GT2 CONCEPT, on the other hand, Ratel explained his plans for a new, strong GT2 racing series just a few hours later at the traditional SRO annual press conference.
At the press conference of KTM Sportcar GmbH, the KTM X-BOW GT2 CONCEPT was unveiled, which will be homologated as a GT2 vehicle from the 2021 racing season. The homologation process is currently underway for the full carbon racing car, which weighs just 1,045 kilograms and will be a GT2 with around 600 hp from its five-cylinder Audi engine. Hans Reiter, CEO of Reiter Engineering, together with Manfred Wolf, Head of PR & Customer Racing at KTM Sportcar GmbH, explained the technical highlights and details of the vehicle: “Thanks to the KTM board, especially thanks to Stefan Pierer and Hubert Trunkenpolz, together with the colleagues at KTM Sportcar GmbH we’ve been able to develop a revolutionary, future-oriented racing vehicle. In this context, the slogan 'Future is now' is not just a marketing slogan, it rather describes that KTM has brought what is probably the safest, most efficient and most spectacular racing car on the market today. We are very proud of that achievement and we can hardly wait for the 2021 racing season.”
Stéphane Ratel was enthusiastic about the KTM X-BOW GT2 CONCEPT: “I am very happy that KTM and Reiter Engineering have committed to our new GT2 platform. Hans Reiter was a founding member of GT1 and GT3, while both KTM and Hans were present from the beginning of the GT4 concept. It therefore seems appropriate that a new chapter is added to their story with the launch of a GT2 model. I am pleased to say that plans are already in place to begin next year with a five-round GT2 European Series, which will form part of our GT Sports Club program. I am sure that it will be a great success and wish to thank KTM and Reiter Engineering for their continued support.”
Therefore, the already existing “GT SPORTS CLUB” is being restructured and divided into the “GT2 European Series”, the “GT Rebellion” endurance series and the “GT1 Sports Club”. In addition, at the first race weekend in Monza, there will be invitation races for old GT3 racing vehicles of Generation 1 (2006 to 2009) and Generation 2 (2009 to 2013), which the SRO expects to be very popular.