Dutch sports car brand Donkervoort launched the wild D8 GTO JD70 in June to celebrate the 70th birthday of its founder, Joop Donkervoort. Now, the company has a version developed specifically for track use, and yes, it is even faster than the original version.
For the D8 GTO JD70 R, which only uses rails, Donkervoort’s engineers have raised everything to the next level, while also improving safety by increasing the use of carbon fiber in the side impact area. Fixed roll cage and fire extinguishing system are also included as standard equipment. If customers need, they can add racing-type bladder storage tank or Kevlar carbon fiber protective layer to the standard storage tank.
The output of the 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 from the Audi source of the D8 GTO JD70 remains unchanged at 415 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, but the R version is faster. This is possible by changing the standard 5-speed manual gearbox to a 6-speed sequential gearbox with shift lever.
The sequential gearbox can not only provide faster shifts, but can also upshift with a full throttle, which means that the power will not be weakened during acceleration. The transmission will also light up the throttle when downshifting, although the driver can release this function if needed.
Downwater D8 GTO JD70 R
Donkervoort said that the rest of the drive system has also been strengthened, including the drive shaft, drive shaft and limited slip differential.
Donkervoort has not released full performance specifications, but as a reference, the original D8 GTO JD70 will accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 174 mph. It also produces crazy lateral acceleration of 2 g at corners, only limited by its legal Nankang AR-1. The R version raises it to 2.25 grams, thanks to a solid suspension (with four-way adjustable shock absorbers) and smooth tires, as well as Nankings.
Downwater D8 GTO JD70 R
To help people improve their steering wheel skills, telemetry data of most vehicle systems (including key elements such as speed, tire temperature, and gravity load) can be sent to the repair station for real-time analysis or saved for later use. The system is also connected to a front camera, so the track can be recorded under data coverage.
Donkervoort plans to build only 70 D8 GTO JD70s, including conventional and track-only versions. Both models start at 198,000 euros (approximately US$233,760).