Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 – Donkervoort’s birthday gift smashes the 2G cornering barrier

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.

Developed as a 70th birthday tribute to the Donkervoort Automobielen founder, Joop Donkervoort, 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.

It will also accelerate from a standing start at a peak of 1.02G – slightly higher even than the pull of the earth’s gravity on the human body.

Another highlight will be its braking performance, which will peak at an astonishing 1.65G of deceleration on its standard road-legal semi-slick tyres, with even higher braking forces to come with specific track tyres.

“The JD70 has moved beyond the normal measures for acceleration, braking and cornering so we’re using G forces now. The car is a pure driver’s machine like nothing else on the market,” Donkervoort Automobielen managing director Denis Donkervoort said.

“The JD70 is the distillation of everything we know and everything we’ve learned on the road and the racetrack, from track days and from customer talks and, of course, from Joop’s own ideas on what a supercar should be to its driver.”

JD70 deliveries are due to begin next spring, and with the car weighing less than 700kg and boasting 415bhp, it will be the most powerful Donkervoort ever made.

Denis Donkervoort said prices would start from €163.636,36 (before tax) and the company already has a significant number of orders from Ambassador customers, long-standing friends of Joop and from conquests from other supercar brands. The international impact of founder’s tribute car is already being felt, with pre-orders from The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg and even Lebanon.

“My father built Donkervoort from nothing to what it is today and he deserves a tribute from us on his birthday,” Denis Donkervoort said.

“We will build just one JD70 for each of Joop Donkervoort’s birthdays (so far) and they’ll be the most emotionally engaging sports cars in the world.”

Founded by Joop Donkervoort in 1978, Donkervoort Automobielen is based in Lelystad, in The Netherlands. Now managed by his son, Denis, Donkervoort has sold more than 1500 cars and maintains a staff of more than 50. It earned sportscar credibility in 1988 when its D10 smashed the world acceleration record, then earned more when the D8 270 RS broke the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record, with a 7:14:89 lap time, in 2005. Its cars range from comfortable tourers to harder-edged track models and besides sheer speed, the brand is also known for exacting attention to detail.

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