DONKERVOORT D8 GTO REVEALED
Oddball sports car returns with 400hp, new chassis and sub three seconds 0-62
Back in 2005, a virtually unheard of Dutch manufacturer with a distinctly Dutch name - Donkervoort - asked German race ace, Michael Duechting, to take its baby D8 RS for a spin. Seven minutes, fourteen seconds and 89 hundredths later, he was back ... setting the sixth fastest lap time on the Nordschleife.
Now, the D8 is back - more powerful, longer, wider, stiffer, safer and faster than before - in muscular GTO format, which MD Joop Donkervoort describes as 'a big step forward.' In fact, the GTO only uses around five per cent of the parts of the out-going RS and marks the start of a new generation of models.
The GTO features a brand new front and rear axle set-up and uses design lifted from the aviation industry, including an ultra-light, super-strong tubular steel chassis, with trick one-piece carbon composite body panels. The doors are manufactured with integrated hinges, weigh less than a bag of sugar (980g) and are built to withstand a 1,100kg impact.
Donkervoort is promising 'a total driving experience, with greater precision and stability' and says the GTO is the fastest car it's ever built.
Projected performance figures include 0-124mph in 6.1 seconds. Maybe a spot in the Green Hell hall of fame top five could be on the cards?