Donkervoort delivers first D8 GTO RS Bare Naked Carbon EditionTuesday 8/29/2017
D8 GTO RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition
Lelystad, 28 August 2017 – Production of the D8 GTO RS is in full flow and the first 20 cars have been delivered in the meantime. The very first D8 GTO RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition – in Donkervoort Monte Carlo Blue Carbon – will this week also be leaving the Donkervoort factory in the Netherlands and head to its new home in Germany. This special edition is made completely from visible carbon, which is a technique where the material’s unique and recognisable fibre structure remains visible and accentuates the high-tech and super-fast nature of the RS. The first unit of this eye-catching super car was produced using remarkable and innovative transparent paint technology, which gives the RS a stunning blue colour while still showing the pattern of the carbon fibre.
D8 GTO RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition
The Bare Naked Carbon Edition emphasises the high-tech, ultra-light and super-fast nature of the D8 GTO RS, which goes from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds, by combining a powerful 2.5L R5 TFSI super sports engine with lightweight visible carbon fibre components. The exterior and interior of this – cosmetic-only – special edition is almost entirely made from this super-strong and ultra-light material. All of the exterior, from the beastly nose to the recognisable diffuser, is made from visible carbon. The ‘carbon look’ is continued in the interior for the tunnel, doors, window frame, dashboard and seats. But carbon fibre can also be found in the smallest details; even the belt and roll-bar trim, ignition cylinder housing and headlight housing are made from visible carbon.
Over the past 10 years, Donkervoort has gradually shifted its activities from just designing and producing lightweight sports cars to developing and integrating innovative materials. This has been triggered by the company’s continuous search for lighter, stronger and safer vehicle constructions.
XCORE technology is one of Donkervoort’s most recent developments. It is an innovative and patented production method for carbon fibre components, where components can be produced in a single production cycle. Whereas bodywork components tend to consist of an inner and outer shell, the X-CORE process directly joins both shells using a super strong and innovative sandwich/foam structure. Naturally, X-CORE carbon components were used for the very first time for the D8 GTO RS. 95 percent of its bodywork consists of carbon fibre, which has clearly made it lighter and more rigid.
The European Union also thinks the material is innovative and unique, and fully supports its development. In addition, the production method has now also attracted attention from other manufacturers in the car, aeroplane and yacht building industries.
Visible carbon in colour – new technologies
Each Bare Naked Carbon Edition undergoes a unique spraying process, where a transparent UV layer is placed on every single carbon component by hand. The latest technologies in this field were also brought together to offer even more possibilities to Donkervoort owners. This includes adding a special colour pigment to transparent paint. The mixture then transforms the fibres and makes them appear in colour. The result: a unique and particular eye-catching Bare Naked Carbon Edition GTO RS in colour! Donkervoort developed this technique in close collaboration with R-M®, which is BASF’s Premium paint brand.
Using visible carbon components instead of (regular colour) sprayed carbon components has also helped to reduce weight by a few kilograms.
The D8 GTO RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition is a special edition (only 15 cars) and is available from €182,000 excl. tax. The regular D8 GTO RS, which was lauded by Donkervoort drivers as well as the international press – and released as a limited edition of 40 cars – has fully sold out in the meantime.
Donkervoort. No Compromise.
Photo credits: George F. Williams
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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