Donker D8 GTO JF70

Donker D8 GTO JF70
Donker D8 GTO JF70

Donker D8 GTO JF70… but what the hell is this? Well, this is nothing more than the latest creation in Formula 1 inspired supercars, for those people with enough money, who want to experience what it’s like to drive an F1 but without having to race on a racetrack.

The novelty of this car, is that it not only focuses on the power of its engine, but also seeks to provide a real sporting experience, which is felt when the vehicle is maneuvered.

It’s easy to forget that, but in Formula 1, races are not won on the straights, but in the curves; those cars and drivers that go fastest in these slow areas are the unbeatable ones.

Donker D8 GTO JF70: The world’s first 2G supercar

The Donker D8 GTO JF70 is a street car based on the same idea: to be as fast as possible in the curves. That’s why this model “only has 415 horsepower” from its 2.5-liter five-cylinder Audi engine – a derisory amount compared to some beasts introduced in recent years.

The new Donker D8 GTO JF70
The new Donker D8 GTO JF70

The real “grace” of this new Dutch model is that it also has a ridiculous weight: 680 kilograms; in other words, it is so light that those 415 horses will look like a lot of what they are when we press the accelerator.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 kph is achieved in just 2.7 seconds, and it reaches 200 kph in 7.7 seconds; the top speed is 280 kph, and to get there, we will feel 1.2G forces for the moment as we accelerate.

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Is this the future of supercars?

The mention of G-forces is no accident. Donkervoort claims that this is the world’s first 2G supercar, because those are the G-forces we will be able to feel in the curves. It doesn’t reach the 4 or 6 G’s that you get in a Formula 1 car, but it’s much more than the average driver is used to.

Don't expect any big luxuries inside this nearly £200,000 car
Don’t expect any big luxuries inside this nearly £200,000 car

That implies that this car has so much grip that when we take the curves at maximum speed, we will feel twice the force of gravity laterally; we recommend doing neck exercises if you plan to buy this car, and you will still probably feel pain after a few laps of the circuit.

The interesting thing is that, in order to control weight and drag, Donker has decided not to put a rear wing on; instead, the aerodynamics have been worked on more in the lower part of the car. The exhaust outlet is now on the side, which has freed up space at the rear for a giant rear diffuser that adds up to 80kg of load.

To put some context, the sportier models like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS “only” get 1.24 G in controlled tests.

As well as having to train, to drive the Donkervoort D8 GTO JF70 you will also have to save. It will cost no less than £198,000 for the basic version.


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