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Joop Donkervoort – founder

How does one describe a man who has spent more than 35 years of his life seeking perfection? For the finesse that a true sports car must have? Who evolved from a start-up carmaker in a simple shed to the status of recognised sport car constructor in a high-tech environment? Joop Donkervoort shares many characteristics with those of equally self-willed predecessors. Of Colin Chapman he admires. Real car people who dreamed about building what they felt was the perfect car. And ultimately realised their dream.

In all modest by the way. Because that also typifies Joop Donkervoort. Even more sensational, how this small sports car maker had the guts to recently produce the world’s lightest GT in addition to the open version, well known from way back. Closed, larger, more power output but still ultra light. Which now wonderfully combines responsible car driving and extremely sporty performance.

Hanging on to the light weight credo while other cars are becoming larger and heavier. Under his own power against the flow. Typical Donkervoort. Only now are others retracing their steps. The enormous advantages of the legendary light, manoeuvrable and agile Donkervoort sports cars are cherished by aficionados of pure motoring. On Europe’s most beautiful motorways and on the tracks.

2nd generation Donkervoort

Donkervoort Automobielen is a family business. Besides Joop’s wife, Marianne, who has played a supporting role in the company from the beginning, the second generation of Donkervoorts came on board in 2008. Son Denis’ (27) responsibilities include sales and production within the company. He also manages Donkervoort Racing. Daughter Amber (30) handles the marketing and PR for Donkervoort. She is also responsible for Donkervoort Events, for which she regularly arranges events for customers as well as company visits to the Donkervoort factory.

Philosophy

When it comes to a Donkervoort, the ultimate driving experience is paramount. We don’t use any electronic assists to simplify driving – no ABS, no ESP, and no power steering. The ultra-stiff chassis and the specially designed suspension make driving and riding in a Donkervoort the ultimate experience, kilometre after kilometre.

Donkervoort sports cars are known for their phenomenal performance. The combination of attractive styling, ultra-low weight, high power and superb handling like that of a race car, has resulted in a sports car that has made the hearts of countless car enthusiasts beat faster. At Donkervoort everything is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in quality, technology, styling and design. The current and very successful D8 GTO series is the result. Ultimate sports cars, created for the true car enthusiast.

A Donkervoort is the ultimate choice for the true enthusiast who wants sheer motoring enjoyment in a sports car full of character. Donkervoort sports cars are carefully constructed by hand and made from high-quality parts, mostly developed and perfected in-house, with a virtually unlimited choice of body colours and interior finishes.

What makes the Donkervoort unique is the possibility to have the car built according to your wishes. You can choose the colour of the body and the interior. Would you prefer leather or alcantara? A carbon fibre dashboard or preferably aluminium? A chassis or suspension specifically for racing, or more suitable for touring? The possibilities for perfectly tailoring the car to your wishes and personality are endless. Your own, unique Donkervoort.