Last week we visited KTM Technologies GmbH in Anif/Salzburg.
Our iglidur®-car stands next to the “X-Bow”. Experts discovering new igus®-products in the back.
KTM Technologies is a service company focusing on concept development, design, simulation, prototyping and consulting. Based on creativity, innovative methodology and experience, high level solutions will be created for the customers of different sectors. One famous development is the carbon-fibre-reinforced-plastic (CFRP) sports car “X-Bow”.
The CFRP sports car “X-Bow” 
The aim was to develop a two-seated roadster with the best power to weight ratio as possible. Therefore, a lightweight design is essential. The lighter the car the less energy is required to accelerate to a certain velocity in comparison to a heavier car. That is why materials like plastics become more and more popular. igus®-products are up to 7 times lighter than similar metal components.
iglidur® is up to 7 times lighter than similar metal components. 
KTM Technologies used igus®-products for the “X-Bow”. The following figure summarizes the three different applications.
View inside the cockpit of the “X-Bow” (Bearings are highlighted): Top left – iglidur®-bearing to support the steering wheel, Bottom left – igubal® with steel calotte connects door opening spring and chassis, Right – Two iglidur®-bearings create hinge-joint of frame to door
On the one hand iglidur®-bearings were used to support the steering wheel and the door. They ensure low-friction turning of the steering wheel and opening of the door. On the other hand a igubal®-bearing connects the spring of the door to the frame of the car. Because the spherical bearing allows angular movement, the spring can act during the whole movement which result in a smooth opening.
All in all, the edition is limited to 100 cars at a starting price of 50,000 Euro. Each car has 240 PS and accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h within 3.9 s.
The iglidur®-car visited engineers and designers of KTM Technologies.
We want to thank KTM Technologies for their hospitality and the unique opportunity to have a closer look at the “X-Bow”.
All the best,
igus® and the “iglidur® on tour”-crew
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