XRAY XB8’16: Exclusive interview with Martin Bayer

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After the official launch of the 2016 edition of the XB8, we finish off our exclusive feature with an in-depth interview with Martin Bayer himself.


NeoBuggy: What was the most difficult task for you as a designer while working on the new XB8?

Martin Bayer: Before I was directly involved with R&D, I always thought that the most difficult part of the design process was to find the proper geometry of the car. Now I know that the most difficult challenge for a designer is to face resource limitations and especially The Deadline directly related to the production schedule. In high-competition racing, the customers buy cars for a new season, so missing a release date automatically means less sales which means less resources available for further development of the platform.

So my biggest challenge was to find the moment when I had to stop testing and provide the final specs of the car. If there was no deadline, development would be infinite… I would just continue with another & another last small tests here and there.
 

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Pro-Line MBX7R Predator body

Pro-Line MBX7R Predator body

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Pro-Line 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor body

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Pro-Line Badlands MX28 2.8” tyres

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