Donkervoort D8 GTO
With a bit of luck, you may see one. On the road or on the track. The Donkervoort D8 GTO. With a power-to-weight ratio of less than two, it is one of the fastest street-legal cars in the world. Boasting a power rating of 340 to 380 hp and 450 Nm of torque starting at around 1600 rpm. Significantly larger than its predecessors, yet – at around 700 kg – hardly heavier and surprisingly easy to drive. While still a prototype, already hailed by the international automotive press. And seen as a sensation by even the most experienced Donkervoort driver.
A Donkervoort is not just a car; it’s an experience. And that term has taken on new meaning with the GTO.
You are welcome to come and see it first-hand. The Donkervoort D8 GTO. In our factory in Lelystad or at our location at the Bilster Berg Drive Resort. Donkervoort: for over 36 years, the only Dutch company developing and building sports cars the way they are meant to be. No nonsense & no compromise.
The new generation Donkervoort
The GTO is clearly a size larger than its predecessors, the hard-top D8 GT and the cabrio D8 270 RS. About 35 centimetres longer and 15 centimetres wider, to be exact. This was necessary to house the massive, longitudinally mounted Audi 5-cylinder 340 hp 2.5 litre TFSI engine, and simultaneously realise the stunningly balanced design. The GTO is, of course, an entirely newly designed car. According to Joop Donkervoort it is intended to be the first in a new generation of Donkervoort automobiles.
Ultra light and super strong
By bonding the tubular steel frame to large carbon fibre composite panels a unique combination of (significantly increased) rigidity and ultra-light weight has been achieved. The body also consists entirely of carbon fibre composite and features a unique innovation: a one-piece door (including the integrated hinges) that can withstand a lateral impact of around 1500 kg, with hinges that can handle a force of over 1100 kg... while the total weight is just 980 grams! This is technology derived from the aerospace industry and never before used in a car.
Powered by Audi
The D8 GTO is fitted with an Audi engine, thanks to close cooperation between Donkervoort and Audi AG (quattro GmbH) that stretches back to 1996. But the GTO doesn't have just any Audi engine: an ultra-high-performance sports car only earns that badge if it also has an ultra-high-performance engine. The Audi 2.5L R5 TFSI engine has a very rich history, both on and off the track, and the GTO is available with a 340 or 380 hp version.
Brand new chassis and suspension
The car's chassis has also been thoroughly reworked: the front axle is fitted with a completely new anti-roll bar and the rear axle construction has been designed from scratch to give the GTO extra stability.
The ARC shock absorbers from Dutch suspension specialist Intrax, featuring an intelligent hydraulic system, provide softer damping on the straight-away while minimising roll in the curves. These shocks (along with the increased length, width and wheelbase) are largely responsible for the remarkable comfort of the GTO.
At Donkervoort, every effort is made to reduce weight and add strength, down to the smallest details. The 17" (or optional 18") wheels, custom made for Donkervoort by Japanese manufacturer Rays Engineering, for example, are made of forged aluminium and weigh just 6 kg each.
The GTO is full of special details. One example is the closure for the aluminium bonnet, which originates from the American rocket industry, where – just as at Donkervoort – low weight, simple operation and a smooth finish are essential.
The interior of the D8 GTO reflects the true identity of the car as a purebred race car. Unnecessary features have been omitted in favour of a car that is as light as possible and provides corresponding performance.
The culmination of this approach is perhaps the fully-equipped carbon fibre dashboard, which with its minimalist yet high-tech switches evokes an association with aviation. The dashboard also includes a special race-module switch and traction control button which can be adjusted to the driver’s preferences.
The upholstery of the D8 GTO is entirely custom made, in keeping with the customer’s taste. One can choose from hundreds of colours, different types of leather, and a wide range of stitching and patterns; this is the ultimate way to personalise your Donkervoort even further.
|Type||AUDI 2,5L R5 TFSI||AUDI 2,5L R5 TFSI|
|Mounting||Front, 5 cylinders in line||Front, 5 cylinders in line|
|Capacity||2480 cc||2480 cc|
|Bore||82,5 mm||82,5 mm|
|Stroke||92,8 mm||92,8 mm|
|Maximum Power||340 bhp / 254 kw at 5400 rpm||380 bhp / 280 kw at 5500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||450 Nm at 2000 rpm||475 Nm at 1750 rpm|
|Compression Ratio||10,0 : 1||10,0 : 1|
|Top Speed||255 km/h||270 km/h|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||3,3 sec.||2,8 sec.|
|Acceleration 0-200 km/h||10,4 sec.||8,6 sec.|
|Average fuel consumption||8-10 L /100 km||8-10 L /100 km|
|Fuel tank capacity||48 L||48 L|
|CO2 emission||178 g/km||178 g/km|
|Propulsion||Rear wheels||Rear wheels|
|Gearbox type||5-speed manual||5-speed manual|
|Gearbox ratios||2.95:1 (I), 1,94:1 (II), 1,34:1 (III), 1,00:1 (IV), 0,80:1 (V), reverse 2.76:1, final drive 3,62:1||2.95:1 (I), 1,94:1 (II), 1,34:1 (III), 1,00:1 (IV), 0,80:1 (V), reverse 2.76:1, final drive 3,62:1|
|Differential type||Limited Slip Differential||Torsen Limited Slip Differential|
|Body||Carbon fiber/ kevlar||Light weight carbon fiber/ kevlar|
|Chassis||Carbon/aluminium/steel tubular hybrid chassis||Carbon/aluminium/steel tubular hybrid chassis|
|Wheels||Forged alloy 8×17″ front, forged alloy 8×17″ rear||Forged alloy 8×17″ front, forged alloy 9×18″ rear|
|Tires – Front||225/45 x 17″||225/45 x 17″|
|Tires – Rear||235/40 x 17″ or 245/40 x 18″||245/40 x 18″ or 245/45 x 18″|
|Front||Independent by double wishbones||Independent by double wishbones, separate anti-roll bar (12 mm, adjustable)|
|Rear||Independent by double wishbones and trailing arms||Independent by double wishbones and trailing arms (wide base)|
|Springs||Coil springs||Coil springs|
|Shock absorbers||Three-way adjustable||Three-way adjustable Anti Roll Control (ARC-) System including ride height adjustment|
|Steering||Rack and pinion, no servo||Rack and pinion, no servo|
|Turns||3,4 lock to lock||2,7 lock to lock|
|Turn circle||11,8 m||11,8 m|
|Brakes||Ventilated (24mm thickness) discs, 6-pistons calipers front and separate simplex piston system rear||Light weight (20mm thickness) ventilated discs, 6-pistons calipers front and rear with separate hand brake system|
|Front||Six piston calipers||Six piston calipers|
|Rear||Simplex piston system||Six piston calipers, separate handbrake caliper|
|Length||3740 mm||3740 mm|
|Width||1850 mm||1850 mm|
|Height||1140 mm||1140 mm|
|Wheel base||2350 mm||2350 mm|
|Track of front axle||1515 +/- 10 mm||1515 +/- 10 mm|
|Track of rear axle||1585 +/- 10 mm||1585 +/- 10 mm|
|Weight||± 730 kg||± 695 kg|
One of the most important elements of a sports car is the chassis. Besides strength and safety, a rigid chassis provides good handling. Starting with construction of the chassis, Donkervoort operates on the principle that light weight is essential; the entire chassis of the D8 GTO weighs just 54 kg!
Donkervoort laser cuts, welds and produces the tubular steel chassis in-house. The chassis consists mainly of triangular constructions and is welded by specialists using a copper alloy. Besides extreme precision, thanks to the laser technology, this welding technique ensures minimal distortion during welding, which guarantees a perfect fit and optimum rigidity. This makes it possible for the chassis to meet the very high quality standards that are necessary for the integration of the chassis with the carbon fibre composite panels. The combination of the tubular steel frame with carbon fibre panels provides the very high weight-to-stiffness ratio. In addition to enhanced passive safety, it also provides the ideal starting point for a design that takes road-holding performance to an even higher level.
Step 1/6 Chassis
The combination of the tubular steel frame with carbon fibre panels provides the very high weight-to-stiffness ratio. In addition to enhanced passive safety, it also provides the ideal starting point for a design that takes road-holding performance to an even higher level.
Step 2/6 Sheet metal
Whereas the body of former Donkervoort models consisted largely of aluminium, the content in the D8 GTO has been reduced to just 10%. The only components still made in the sheet metal shop are the inside of the chassis, the exhaust guard and the bonnet. All are made entirely by hand, by specially trained technicians.
Step 3/6 Composite components
There is perhaps no area in which Donkervoort Automobielen have advanced more significantly over the past decades than in the use of carbon fibre, a lightweight yet ultra-strong material. Today, for the D8 GTO, around 90% of the body is made of this high-tech material.
All the composite/carbon fibre components are produced in-house at Donkervoort. Through various collaborative arrangements with the aerospace industry, Donkervoort is in a position to employ the latest techniques and developments in the field of composites directly in the D8 GTO.
Step 5/6 Engine
Before the already very light Audi 2.5L R5 TFSI engine - elected Engine of the Year for the sixth time in a row this year - is built into the D8 GTO, the engine is first stripped of unnecessary elements that are not used in a Donkervoort. More significant weight reductions are achieved, however, by modifying (and lightening) a number of engine components, such as the intake manifold, alternator and water pump brackets, flywheel, clutch, etc.
This saves an additional 30 kg.
Step 4/6 Electronics
Electronics is a key element in any sports car, although Donkervoort also saves weight here thanks to the omission of electronic aids such as ABS and ESP. All of the wiring, including the wiring harness, is hand-made by specialists Donkervoort.
Step 6/6 Assembly
In the Donkervoort assembly department you will find no conveyor belts or robots. On the contrary, important components like the engine, brake system, fuel tanks and the front and rear suspension are fitted by a team of passionate professionals.
In the final phase, the interior is also fitted with extreme precision and craftsmanship.
“Whoever thought they’d driven fast cars before.: that was nothing, a snail, a lame Smurf, compared to this”
TOP GEAR Magazine
“5/5 star rating!”
“With the ultra-light D8 GTO, Donkervoort shows that you do not need 800 BHP to have an enormous amount of fun ”
Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition
The Donkervoort D8 GTO family continues to grow, this time with the arrival of a brand new version: the D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition. The very first Donkervoort fully fitted with visible carbon fibre – a technique in which the unique and recognizable fibre structure of the material is exposed to view – not only accentuates the high-tech, super-fast character of the D8 GTO but also reveals a bit of its ‘dark side’.
D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition
The new Bare Naked Carbon Edition emphasises the high-tech, ultra-light, super-fast nature of the D8 GTO through a unique combination of lightweight visible carbon fibre components and the powerful Audi 2.5L R5 TFSI pure sport engine.
The focus for this ‘cosmetic-only’ special edition is – you guessed it – the carbon fibre. Both the exterior and interior of this GTO consist almost entirely of this super-strong, ultra-light material. The exterior, in visible carbon fibre from nose to diffuser, gives an even more mysterious, dark look to the beautiful D8 GTO. The carbon-look is also carried through to the interior, in elements such as the seats, door panels, window frame, dashboard and door sills. Carbon fibre can be found down to the smallest details in the Bare Naked Carbon Edition – even the ignition cylinder housing, belt-and-roll bar trim and headlight housings are made of visible carbon fibre.
Every Bare Naked Carbon Edition undergoes a remarkable painting process, in which a unique UV-coating is applied to each carbon fibre component by hand, in either a matte or gloss finish, or even with a colour accent of the owner’s choosing. The use of visible carbon fibre components, rather than a traditional colour paint system, also results in several kilos of weight savings.
Donkervoort’s mastery of the ‘art of carbon fibre’ is well established. After all, 90% of the bodywork of every D8 GTO is made of this high-tech material and all the carbon components are developed and produced in-house. Through various collaborative relationships with partners in the aerospace industry and others, Donkervoort is not only able to employ the latest techniques and developments in the field of composites directly in its own cars but also to develop and produce parts for external parties.
New owners of the Donkervoort D8 GTO already had the option of having certain bodywork components made of visible carbon fibre. Donkervoort’s ultimate goal, however, beckoned like a beacon on the horizon: a full-carbon D8 GTO. The arrival of the D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition therefore represents an important milestone in Donkervoort’s nearly 37-year history.
Donkervoort D8 GTO “1000 Miglia Edition”
For the first time in its 37-year history, Donkervoort was represented in the world-famous Mille Miglia; a fantastic rally on the most breathtaking roads in Italy. The D8 GTO joined this legendary event – by invitation, and as Official Support Car – which brings together the most famous racing cars of the past and the most high-profile supercars of today. Donkervoort sees this participation as an exceptional milestone, and is celebrating it with the launch of a special edition; the Donkervoort D8 GTO “1000 Miglia Edition”.
D8 GTO “1000 Miglia Edition”
During the thousand-mile rally from Brescia to Rome and back, the focus is on ultimate driving pleasure in mostly historical, purist sports cars on wonderful roads. This is music to the years of the Dutch purist sports car manufacturer, which still operates under the motto ‘No Compromise’ when it comes to the search for the purest driving experience and pleasure.
The emphasis in the D8 GTO “1000 Miglia Edition” is therefore on maximising use of the GTO for touring purposes. The car was built with the aim of increasing both the ease-of-use and total comfort of the car, to ensure enjoyment of driving the GTO on Europe’s most beautiful roads. For this reason, the Donkervoort D8 GTO “1000 Miglia Edition” is a true touring version, in contrast with its more circuit-oriented predecessors, such as the D8 GTO Performance and the Bilster Berg Edition.
A quick look at some of the specifications for the Donkervoort D8 GTO “1000 Miglia Edition”:
+ Engine | Fitted with a 310 BHP Audi 2.5L R5 TFSI engine, giving the car a slightly milder nature.
+ Weight | 760 kg total weight, caused by a reduction in use of carbon fibre, in exchange for slightly more road comfort.
+ Driving height | Increased driving height for street use, including adjustable comfort shock absorbers.
+ Dashboard | A classically designed dashboard featuring conventional dials, with extra facilities (for telephone and navigation) integrated in the cockpit.
+ Limited Edition | limited edition of 25 cars, identified by specially designed logos and badges inside and out.
+ Price | Basic package price of €115,000 excl. BTW (Dutch VAT) (€139,150 – including 21% VAT)