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16 June 2020

Dutch firm Donkervoort is marking its founder’s 70th birthday with a special version of its D8 GTO sports car. 

Called the JD70 after founder Joop Donkervoort, it is claimed to be the first production road car able to exceed 2G of lateral acceleration (cornering force) on its standard road tyres. It's an evolution of the D8 GTO sports car that was released in 2011.

The D8 GTO JD70 is powered by a 415bhp version of Audi Sport’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine, making it the maker’s most powerful model yet. That’s fitted in a car with a kerbweight of less than 700kg - down to 680kg depending on equipment specified - and puts power through a five-speed manual gearbox. 

The result is a 0-62mph time of 2.7sec and 0-124mph in 7.7sec. Donkervoort claims the JD70 can hit 1.02g during straight-line acceleration. The top speed is pegged at 174mph. 

The super-high weight is achieved using bodywork made almost entirely (95%) from carbonfibre. The chassis is a tubular steel ladder frame with added carbon, to boost strength, and aluminium to further reduce weight. Three-way adjustable Intrax dampers sit at each corner, as do specialist Tarox brakes with six-piston callipers at the front.

The front wings feature a louvred design that enhances air flow for an improved top speed, while a redesigned front end, prominent rear diffuser and 'cycle-wing' wheel covers help to generate 80kg of downforce at the rear, and 50kg at the front. Also unique to the JD70 is a new side exit exhaust system that also enables it to pass EU6D-Temp emissions tests. 

Despite the hardcore specs, the brand is keen to point out this has been “developed with both the road and the racetrack in mind”. It’s the first Donkervoort ever fitted with electric power steering, with race-spec adjustable assistance to maintain “traditional steering intimacy”. Variable traction control is also fitted. 

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Just 70 examples of the JD70 will be produced at a cost of £141,677 each. Over half of these are claimed to have been sold already as pre-orders opened late last year. 

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23 August 2019

For a modern Caterham.

23 August 2019

find it easier to log in than I do...

23 August 2019
Hughbl wrote:

find it easier to log in than I do...

 

lol. shows how much Haymarket loves our comments on here.  The scrapped the forum, this perhaps should be scrapped too?

Nice work Haymarket.

Getting back to this car, I am sure they can get 500bhp out of that engine, for sub 700kg that will be more power per tonne than the Caterham 620....  nuts.

 

 

23 August 2019

But Norma has even better  rates.

24 August 2019

 I like the way £150,000 is casually tagged on at the end, as if your not going to think that’s silly money for not a lot of Car materialy, there’s at least two Cars I could think off that a way better than this Car.

16 June 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

there’s at least two Cars I could think off that a way better than this Car.

Silly question I know, but are they two cars that you've driven? When did you drive this one, so that it's a valid comparison? Or are you just talking better in the Top Trumps sense?

17 June 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 I like the way £150,000 is casually tagged on at the end, as if your not going to think that’s silly money for not a lot of Car materialy, there’s at least two Cars I could think off that a way better than this Car.

What makes them "a way better" than this bonkers-exciting machine?  

25 October 2019

Not interested in this car due to the price tag, but I wish Caterham would take inspiration from the styling of this car to modernise the 7.

Then I might dip in my pocket and enjoy a few years of glorious, but sensible, motoring before we're all forced to sit in self-driven white goods appliances.

26 October 2019

A Donkernator seen out on the road! 

16 June 2020
I totally agree!

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