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Spin-off Ex-Core – Donkervoort’s Ex-Core Technologies now officially a stand-alone company

Tuesday 3/3/2020
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Revolutionized carbon-fibre manufacturing

Ex-Core Technologies, from Dutch family sportscar maker Donkervoort, has succeeded where others have failed

Ex-Core has revolutionized carbon-fibre manufacturing with a process that can create complex shapes with an environmentally friendly process. The technology is giving lessons to the world’s most famous carmakers, thanks to breakthrough, patented technologies in one-shot, whole-parts carbon-fibre production.

Under development at Donkervoort’s research arm since 2007, Ex-Core has already won a European Innovation Grant in High-Tech Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and several national grants. Donkervoort developed Ex-Core for its own use, but quickly learned there was demand from other industries, like yacht makers, motorsport operations, bicycles, specialist sports and even drones.

Now, with Ex-Core Technologies as a stand-alone company, the expertise within Donkervoort can expand from making some of the world’s fastest sportscars into potentially every area of specialist manufacturing. Revolutionizing not just the automotive, but all industries.

Key Advantages of Ex-Core

Ex-Core will enable companies to build lighter and stronger components than ever before, while minimizing manufacturing time and delivering eye-opening design freedom.

One of Ex-Core’s key advantages is that it retains all the strength properties of traditional carbon-fibre, but removes its limitations, including the expensive outer elements.

Ex-Core cleans up the environmental credentials of carbon-fibre, leaving nothing but the material’s advantages in strength, lightness and lending it an ability to make complicated shapes that were once thought to be impossible.

Yet another benefit is that Ex-Core produces far fewer hidden defects inside its carbon-fibre shapes. Because it pushes out with internal pressure, it forces the fibres into every corner in a precise way, so there is no longer a requirement to design in extra material for assumed defects.

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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