In a display of raw talent and sheer determination, Function Factory Performance’s very own Charles Siritho set an impressive lap record of 1:28.15 at The Podium Club in Casa Grande, Arizona, behind the wheel of the 2020 KTM X-BOW GTX. Co-driver Bryson Le also participated in the event, showcasing the remarkable capabilities of this extraordinary machine. The exhilarating experience was made possible by Sigier Motorsports, who own and manage the car. In this blog post, we’ll share Charles’ perspective as he tackles the track and breaks records in the high-performance KTM X-BOW GTX.

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The Podium Club:

The Podium Club, located in Casa Grande, Arizona, is an exclusive motorsports facility offering a world-class automotive enthusiast experience. The club boasts a challenging and technical 2.75-mile race track designed to provide drivers with an exciting and demanding driving experience. The track features a mix of high-speed straights, sweeping curves, and tight hairpins, requiring skill, precision, and bravery to master.

In addition to the exhilarating track, the Podium Club provides its members with a wide range of amenities and services designed to enhance their motorsports experience. The facility includes a luxurious clubhouse with a restaurant, bar, and lounge, where members can relax and socialize with like-minded individuals. There are also state-of-the-art classrooms and meeting spaces where members can attend seminars, workshops, and other educational events to expand their knowledge and skills in the automotive world.

The Podium Club is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for its members, with a team of experienced track marshals and instructors to ensure that all activities are controlled and responsible. The club also offers a range of high-performance driving courses and track days, catering to drivers of all skill levels and allowing members to hone their abilities behind the wheel.

The Podium Club is an exceptional motorsports facility that combines a thrilling and challenging race track with a wide range of premium amenities and services. It is the perfect destination for automotive enthusiasts seeking an exclusive, immersive driving experience in a supportive, luxurious environment.

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2020 KTM X-BOW GTX – A Technical Overview:

Chassis and Bodywork:

The 2020 KTM X-BOW GTX features a cutting-edge carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which offers exceptional rigidity and safety and contributes to the vehicle’s meager weight. Advanced composite materials ensure the X-BOW GTX has an optimal power-to-weight ratio, translating to lightning-fast acceleration and superior handling characteristics.

In addition to the carbon fiber monocoque, the X-BOW GTX boasts an aggressive and purposeful exterior design, focusing on aerodynamics. The prominent front splitter, sculpted side skirts, and massive rear wing work harmoniously to generate significant downforce, ensuring the car remains stable and planted at high speeds.

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Suspension and Brakes:

The KTM X-BOW GTX has a race-proven suspension system featuring adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars. This allows drivers to fine-tune the vehicle’s handling characteristics to suit their driving style and the demands of the track. The GTX’s suspension is designed to provide excellent grip and responsiveness, ensuring the car remains composed and predictable through even the most challenging corners.

The X-BOW GTX has high-performance brakes to complement the advanced suspension setup, ensuring reliable and consistent stopping power. The ventilated disc brakes are designed to withstand the rigors of high-performance driving, offering excellent heat dissipation and reduced brake fade during extended track sessions.

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Interior and Ergonomics:

The interior of the 2020 KTM X-BOW GTX is focused on delivering a pure and immersive driving experience. The driver-centric cockpit features an adjustable racing seat, a multi-function steering wheel, and a digital instrument cluster, providing drivers with all the information they need at a glance.

The ergonomics of the GTX have been carefully considered, with all controls placed within easy reach of the driver. The simplified layout ensures that drivers can focus on the task at hand – extracting every ounce of performance from the car and setting blistering lap times.

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2020 McLaren 720S Preview Laps

Before Charles Siritho and Bryson Le took on the challenge of driving the 2020 KTM X-BOW GTX, they had the exciting opportunity to learn the track at Podium Club behind the wheel of a 2020 McLaren 720S. As a street-legal supercar, the McLaren 720S starkly contrasted with the purpose-built race car, the KTM X-BOW GTX. Despite being built for the road, the McLaren 720S is no slouch, boasting a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 710 horsepower, propelling the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

The preview laps in the McLaren allowed Charles and Bryson to familiarize themselves with the track’s challenging layout, including its high-speed straights, sweeping curves, and tight hairpins. While the McLaren 720S is an incredible performance machine in its own right, the experience of driving it around Podium Club provided valuable insight. It helped prepare them for the more focused, race-ready KTM X-BOW GTX. This warm-up session proved to be an essential component of their record-breaking performance in the KTM.

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Charles Siritho’s Record-Breaking Drive:

From the moment Charles took the wheel, it was apparent that he and the KTM X-BOW GTX were a match made in heaven. The car’s responsive steering and powerful brakes allowed Charles to push the boundaries of what’s possible on the track as he easily navigated The Podium Club’s demanding turns.

Working with co-driver Bryson Le, Charles extracted as much as possible from the X-BOW GTX, ultimately setting a blistering lap record of 1:28.15. Charles’ skill and determination shone through despite the limited time available as he continually sought to maximize the car’s potential.

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Looking Forward:

Charles firmly believes that there is even more, to be unlocked from the KTM X-BOW GTX, as he only had limited time behind the wheel during this event. With more track time and further fine-tuning, there’s no doubt that Charles and the X-BOW GTX will continue to break records and redefine performance limits.

Comments from Charles:

As I prepared to celebrate my birthday, I wanted to do something extraordinary that would create memories to last a lifetime. That’s when I decided to take on the challenge of driving the 2020 KTM X-BOW GTX at The Podium Club. This adrenaline-pumping experience was the perfect way to mark the occasion, combining my passion for high-performance vehicles and my love for pushing the limits on the racetrack. With the support of Sigier Motorsports and my co-driver, Bryson Le, I had an unforgettable birthday celebration, setting a new lap record and creating memories I’ll cherish for years.

Sigier Motorsports

Sigier Motorsports, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a racing team and motorsport service provider with a strong focus on KTM X-BOW vehicles. Founded by Simon Sigier, the company is dedicated to the promotion, sales, and racing support of the entire KTM X-BOW product range in North America. Their mission is to provide customers with the highest service and support, ensuring that KTM X-BOW owners and racers get the best possible experience on and off the track.

As an official KTM X-BOW partner in North America, Sigier Motorsports offers a comprehensive range of services, including sales of new and pre-owned KTM X-BOW vehicles, spare parts, accessories, and technical support. The company also provides professional race support and driver coaching to help customers get the most out of their KTM X-BOW vehicles in amateur and professional racing events.

Sigier Motorsports’ involvement in various motorsport events has helped raise the profile of the KTM X-BOW brand in North America, showcasing the car’s unique design, exceptional performance, and advanced engineering. By working closely with KTM and other partners, Sigier Motorsports has become an integral part of the growing KTM X-BOW community, helping to establish the brand as a serious contender in motorsports.

Sigier Motorsports is a critical player in the North American KTM X-BOW scene, offering top-notch services and support to KTM X-BOW owners, racers, and enthusiasts. Their passion for the brand and dedication to customer satisfaction has helped to strengthen the presence of the KTM X-BOW across the continent and continue its success in the competitive world of motorsports.

Conclusion:

Function Factory Performance is incredibly proud of Charles Siritho’s record-breaking drive at The Podium Club in the 2020 KTM X-BOW GTX. This extraordinary accomplishment not only showcases Charles’ driving talent but also highlights the incredible capabilities of the KTM X-BOW GTX. As we look to the future, we are excited to see what new heights Charles and the team at Function Factory Performance will reach in their pursuit of automotive excellence.

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