Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition // Where High Art Meets Low WeightTuesday 7/28/2020
Where High Art Meets Low Weight
Dutch sportscar maker Donkervoort has taken the clothes off the world’s first 2G production car.
Donkervoort has made the D8 GTO-JD70 available in a Bare Naked Carbon Edition (BNCE).
More than half of all 70 planned JD70s – one for each year of founder Joop Donkervoort’s life so far – have been sold, with some ordered with BNCE.
BNCE gives customers the choice of a clear lacquer over their carbon-fibre body panels or a coloured clear lacquer.
The JD70’s cornering muscle is matched in a straight line, with a 415bhp version of the Audi TT RS’s 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbo motor.
The BNCE reduces the weight of the JD70, from around 700g to around 694kg in road trim.
The JD70 runs from zero to 100km/h in 2.7 seconds, and from 0-200km/h in 7.7 seconds, with a 280km/h maximum speed.
The D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition
D70s with BNCE technology can be delivered in a raw, naked carbon look or with a coloured lacquer coating in either matte or polished finishes.
The first production car in the world with 2G of cornering muscle, the JD70 was developed as a tribute for the 70th birthday of Donkervoort founder, Joop Donkervoort. The BNCE, though, has been developed to help personalise every JD70 Donkervoort builds.
BNCE developed to give customers the opportunity to lighten and customize their cars beyond the usual colour palate.
“The woven carbon remains the same,” Donkervoort Automobielen Managing Director Denis Donkervoort explained.
“We use specially developed inks mixed into the clear coat to create the look of the colour in the fibre.
“We can also match the interior coloured carbon pieces to the exterior bodywork,” he confirmed.
More than 95 percent of the standard JD70 bodywork is in carbon-fibre and the BNCE program, which we began in 2018, allows owners to see what they’ve paid for.
The bodywork of the JD70 is made of a carbon-fibre/Kevlar weave and even the cycle wings are carbon-fibre/Kevlar.
The entire front design is now new compared to the GTO-40 and all of the vented pieces are hexagonal in design and they are all made from 3D-printed carbon-fibre.
Donkervoort has delivered several cars with the BNCE bodywork to knowledgeable enthusiasts already, but BNCE is now being made more widely available.
Donkervoort offers its customers four levels of carbon-fibre exposure, from the relatively subtle “exposed-carbon upgrade” up to the art package of the “full exposed carbon” option.
Exposed Carbon Upgrade: The entry level to the world of visible carbon shows off exposed carbon (in either matte or gloss coats) for the side panels, the engine-bay wings, the bonnet scoop, the triangular cover scoops and the full interior.
Hypercar Carbon Weave for Carbon upgrade pack: This reduces weight thanks to a different fibre weave structure.
Full Exposed-Carbon upgrade: This shows the complete car in exposed carbon, including the exhaust cover. It reduces weight significantly.
Full-Exposed Coloured Carbon: Donkervoort delivers the complete car in coloured carbon, including the side-exhaust cover. It is an upgrade that could be added to the Full Exposed-Carbon upgrade.
Colours for the full, exposed coloured carbon versions are available on request, but so far include green, red, blue, gold and grey, and metallic can be mixed in as well.
Power With Control
The engine delivers its peak torque from only 1750rpm and holds it until 6350rpm – a point in the rev range where most cars are developing their peak power.
Its layout matches that of the previous D8 GTO-40, providing enough engineering familiarity to comfort loyal Donkervoort fans and enough raw performance and character to draw in new customers.
Incorporating a new catalyst system, the exhaust pipe exits the side of the car ahead of the rear wheels, which reduces weight thanks to shorter pipe lengths, and it has also been tuned to deliver an even more emotional engine sound into the car.
It uses a close-ratio, five-speed manual gearbox, which drives a custom-developed limited-slip differential on the rear axle.
The biggest change to the driveline has been the lengthening of the final-drive ratio from 3.63:1 to 3.31:1, to take advantage of the engine’s stronger low-end performance and to provide longer highway legs.
The new final-drive ratio improves the fuel economy, with the JD70 posting a WLTP CO2 emissions figure of just 198 grams per kilometre.
At the core of the JD70 is a hybrid chassis technology that combines a tubular steel ladder frame with carbon-fibre for added strength and aluminium to reduce weight in less critical areas.
The wide-track suspension system features a double-wishbone layout and redeveloped three-way adjustable Intrax dampers at each corner.
The coil springs are custom made for Donkervoort and the front and rear anti-roll bars are also adjustable, as is the variable traction-control system.
It uses Tarox wave-pattern 310mm x 24mm discs and six-piston, monobloc calipers at the front and smaller (285mm x 24mm) wave-pattern discs and a single-piston caliper setup in the rear.
One of the major changes has been the switch from Toyo to Nankang as the original equipment tyre supplier.
The Nankang compound is harder, and delivers longer tyre life, yet it provides more mid-corner grip and helps the JD70 beyond the 2G barrier. The front tyres are 235/45 17 in size, while the rear end uses 245/40 18 tyres.
The front tyres wrap around 8 x 17” forged alloy wheels, while the rear end uses larger 9 x 18” wheels. Super lightweight carbon-fibre rims are a factory option.
About Donkervoort Automobielen
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.
For more information, please visit www.donkervoort.com