2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70

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The D8 GTO-JD70 is developed as a tribute for the 70th birthday of the founder of Donkervoort Automobielen, Joop Donkervoort. Only 70 JD70s will be built – one for each year of Joop’s life (so far).

Powered by an optimized version of the crushingly strong Audi Sport 2,5L five-cylinder turbocharged motor, the JD70 will weigh less than 700kg and will be suitable for both the road and the racetrack. The next installment of the supercar-killing Donkervoort D8 GTO legend will smash through the 2G barrier to deliver the astounding cornering ability to match its crushing acceleration.  The D8 GTO-JD70 will be capable of pulling more than 2G of lateral acceleration in corners, even in its standard trim and on its standard tyres.

A supercar for people who ache for the days of heightened senses and utter purity of unfiltered driving experiences, allowing drivers to form an unshakeable bond with their machines.

The most powerful Donkervoort ever made, the optimized 2.5-litre, in-line five-cylinder motor will be tuned to generate 415bhp and 520Nm of torque.

It will also do it with enough engineering familiarity to comfort loyal Donkervoort fans and enough raw performance and character to draw in new customers.

The JD70’s exhaust system is completely new, allowing the car to pass the EU6D-Temp emissions rules. Incorporating a new catalyst system, the exhaust exits the side of the car ahead of the rear wheels, which reduces weight, and it has also been tuned to deliver an even more emotional engine sound into the car.

The strength of the engine will be matched to a close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox and the JD70 will be fitted with an all-new type of limited-slip differential, with a taller 1:3.31 final-drive ratio.

Even with all of this speed, the JD70’s official CO2 emissions figure per kilometre will be just 198 grams.

That won’t be the end of the powertrain story, though, because a strong relationship with Bosch has delivered rev-matching software for downshifts and even added a full-throttle upshift mode for harder driving.

The wide-track suspension system will feature adjustable anti-roll bars at each end, with the movement of the custom springs controlled by three-way adjustable shock absorbers.

Aerodynamic improvements, such as a redesigned nose and the cycle-wing wheel covers, will deliver 80kg of rear downforce and 50kg of front downforce.

The louvres built in to the trailing edge of the front cycle wings will release the air that builds up between the tyre and the wing, which raises the top speed of the car while reducing aerodynamic lift.

The new side-pipe exhaust system allowed Donkervoort to redesign the rear underbody section, and the large new diffuser will increase the car’s downforce as well as helping to cool the differential.

More than 95 percent of the D8 GTO-JD70’s bodywork will be made from carbon-fibre, including a significant amount of Donkervoort Automobielen’s lightweight EX-CORE® carbon-fiber technology, the development of which earned the company European Union innovation grant.

EX-CORE® will not only make the JD70 astonishingly light, but immensely strong and fully compliant with the European Community’s Small Series type approval crash regulations.

There are other significant weight-saving strategies, too, including a lightweight lithium-ion battery that saves 7kg over a standard unit.

The new seats are in lightweight carbon-fibre as well, and the quick-release steering wheel is a multi-function unit, which saves both weight and switchgear in the carbon-fibre dashboard.

Suitable for both the road and the track, the JD70 also marks one of the highlights of Donkervoort Automobielen’s 41st year and will continue its philosophical focus on raw driving skill and unfiltered emotions.

Unlike modern machinery from traditional or more famous sportscar operations, the Donkervoort JD70 will avoid electronic driver aids wherever possible to maximize the challenge, involvement and purity for its drivers.

Feedback from Donkervoort Automobielen’s loyal customer base confirmed it prefers a car that balances driving comfort with the ability to heighten a driver’s senses with a pure, unfiltered performance-driving experience, allowing drivers to form an unshakeable bond with their machines.

A significant number of Donkervoort customer also own collections of classic cars, so the JD70 will allow them to shift manually, drive without power steering, correct their own slides and develop their own driving skills, all in a modern supercar with modern reliability and modern safety.

The JD70 will have a traction-control system, but its operation and its intervention strength will be at the choice of the driver at all times.

Like all other Donkervoorts, the JD70 ownership will open a door to a broad range of track days, driver training options, touring and travel events as well as immediate membership of the extended Donkervoort family – both literally and corporately.

The D8 GTO-JD70 will start from €163.636,36 (before taxes). Only 70 JD70s will be built – one for each year of Joop’s life (so far).

Deliveries of the JD70 will run across 2020 and 2021 and the new supercar can be pre-ordered from Donkervoort starting from today.

The D8 GTO-JD70. Powerful, fast and ultra lightweight. A pure driver’s machine like nothing else on the market. On the racetrack or on a winding country or mountain road.

With a click of the button below you can download the standard price list of the D8 GTO-JD70. However, every Donkervoort is built entirely to meet the wishes of the future owner, and many additional elements are possible.