Last October, the Dutch car manufacturer Donkervoort teased us with the rendering of its new D8 GTO JD70, approved for the road. It seems like a lifetime, but now the actual car is alive and kicking, and all indications are that it is serious karting with a deformity of the face. And we mean it literally.
Donkervoort calls this version of the D8 GTO “the first super 2G sports car”. In this case, it is not wireless download speeds, but gravitational forces. The D8 GTO JD70 is capable of exceeding 2G of lateral acceleration in hard corners, and it achieves this level of Herculean grip on its standard road tires. True, the original tires are made from Nankang AR-1 competition rubber, but they are legal on the road and it’s not like it’s a car that you drive daily in the rain and snow. In fact, only 70 are planned for production, so it will be an extremely rare machine to see even on a race track.
When it reaches the track, it should be a machine. Power comes from an Audi 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine, turbocharged up to 420 horsepower (313 kilowatts). Power goes to the rear wheels do not thanks to an elegant double clutch transmission or even a six-speed gearbox. On the contrary, a Tremec five-speed manual transmission – considerably modified for sports cars – manages the exchange of pinions. Donkervoort says the thick torque band of the Audi engine only needs five speeds for optimal performance.
The weight of the D8 GTO JD70 is also an important factor to go with a five speed. The car records less than 1,543 pounds (700 kilograms) thanks to the prolific use of carbon fiber for the body. The tubular steel ladder frame is also impregnated with carbon fiber for strength and lightness, and the JD70 is also the first Donkervoort to offer electric power steering. The double wishbone suspension with shock absorbers and adjustable springs is at all four corners, and despite the lack of weight, it still uses six-piston calipers for the front brakes. A second set of six pots is optional at the back.
As you probably guessed, the D8 GTO JD70 is not just a bend like a beast. With over 400 horsepower in such a lightweight package, Donkervoort says this car pulls more than 1G on acceleration, reaching 62 mph (100 km / h) in 2.7 seconds. 124 mph (200 km / h) takes only 7.7 seconds. When flat, the JD70 will reach 174 mph (280 km / h) and while it is certainly a tame track machine, it is also emission-compliant and designed to work on the road as well.
Of the 70 cars planned for production, Donkervoort says that half is already spoken. The price of the D8 GTO JD70 starts at € 163,636 and no, you can’t get it in the United States.