KTM RC 8C racing prototype
KTM has just unveiled its RC 8C racing prototype, a machine developed in partnership with Krämer Motorcycles and dedicated to track performance. The RC 8C boasts some impressive numbers, including a dry weight of 140kg, an output of 128hp matched with dedicated racing components and a bespoke frame. Pricing for Australia has yet to be announced and the pre-order process will open later this week.
The engine is the same as that of the 890 Duke R, but with different intake and engine management systems. With the advantage of being a production engine, this means that maintenance, parts availability and tuning can all be done relatively easily compared to most dedicated tracked machines.
The engine will produce 101Nm of torque from the 889cc LC8c powertrain and benefits from a special dual airbox and air filter combo and incorporates a dynamic air intake on the upper fairing.
Krämer Motorcycles is responsible for a specially designed stainless steel racing exhaust that incorporates an Akrapovič titanium muffler with carbon end cap. There will be an optional 98 dBA silencer which can be purchased separately for those with more stringent regulations locally.
The KTM RC 8C will also run a full factory AIM MXS 1.2 RACE dashboard and data logger, including GPS integrations, with a 5 inch TFT display also including data logging and fully programmable as to what can be displayed including ECU settings, engine statistics and live. tour information. Recorded data can also be analyzed in AIM RaceStudio at no additional cost.
On the chassis side is the dedicated racing frame, a unit with an adjustable steering angle of 66.7 ° and a 98.6mm track, with the bike having a wheelbase of 1400mm.
The suspension is from WP, with Apex Pro 7543 narrow cartridge forks with full tuning, as well as an adjustable Apex Pro 7117 steering damper, which is the same unit run by WP-backed racing teams.
At the rear is a WP Apex Pro 7746 shock with preload adjustment and high and low rebound and compression settings, while Dymag UP7X forged aluminum wheels are executed, with a 3.50 x 17 up front. and 6.00 x 17 in the rear, coated with Pirelli Superbike Racing tablecloths. Standard equipment is a 120/70 – 17 front and 180/60 – 17 rear, but a 200/55 rear can also be used.
Brembo Stylema calipers are mated to fully floating 290mm aluminum discs up front, with a 230mm unit at the rear and a Brembo twin piston caliper. Front brake control is a Brembo 19RCS Corsa Corta radial master cylinder, with a MotoGP inspired design that includes three settings – Normal, Sport and Race.
The styling is based on the RC16 racer, sporting iconic KTM styling, with an emphasis on easy removal and installation, ideal for trackside work, as well as incorporating crash protection for roadside workers. areas of greatest risk when pushing the limits of the track.
This includes quick release GRP body panels, with a carbon fiber front fender including a quick change system and RC16 style winglets for high speed stability.
Integrated crash protection includes protective cushions on the frame, fork and swingarm, as well as on both sides of the seat-integrated 16L fuel tank. The tank therefore doubles as a rear subframe and seat, and includes a snap-on fuel line connector for easy draining.
On the rider ergonomics side, there are CNC machined footrest mounts that are adjustable 66mm in three steps and work with interchangeable footrests. An eccentric subframe bracket also allows for two seat heights, as well as adjustment of the ride height via the length adjustment of the WP shock absorber.
The CNC-machined adjustable handlebar clamps feature laser-etched markings for easy positioning, and there are 30 degrees of adjustment, with 25mm in height and 30mm in width.
The adjustable headstock offers a degree of adjustment in each direction in half-degrees, while the fork’s offset can be set between 26-28mm.
Images by Rudi Schedl & Fotografie Mitterbauer