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

Monday 10/14/2019
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2G of lateral acceleration

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.

My father deserves a tribute

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.”

About Donkervoort Automobielen

Established in 1978 by Joop Donkervoort and now led by his son, Denis, Donkervoort Automobielen has sold more than 1,500 cars. Operating from Lelystad, The Netherlands, with a team of over 50 experts, the company initially gained renown with the D10 in 1988, setting a world acceleration record, followed by the D8 270 RS in 2005 with a record lap at the Nürburgring. The F22, further integrating their patented, advanced Ex-Core carbon fibre technology, set a new benchmark in 2023 by achieving 2.3g of lateral acceleration at the Zandvoort circuit, surpassing the D8 GTO-JD70's previous 2.1g record, showcasing Donkervoort’s engineering prowess. Their focus on exclusive, tailored supercars and driving lifestyle experiences continues to embody the ‘Living the Drive’ ethos. Looking to the future, Donkervoort hints at more innovations, continuing the brand's adventurous evolution.

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