Donkervoort D8 GTO-40
- May 1, 2020
- Posted by Marc Enger
The D8 GTO-40 is the crowning glory of 40 years of Donkervoort history and the culmination of Donkervoorts DNA. An exclusive anniversary model in a limited edition of only 40 pieces.
Unfiltered and instinctive, insisting to achieve its unique goal: to overwhelm the enthusiast of real driving with the unmatched and most pure driving experience. With at heart the sportive and powerful Audi 2,5L R5 TFSI. Combined with the recognizable design, achieving top performances and dedicated craftsmanship.
Let us introduce you to the lightest, fastest and most versatile GTO ever.
THE LIGHTEST GTO EVER
Lightweight. This has been the most important of Donkervoort’s core values for 40 years now. A variety of innovations have enabled significant weight savings to be made in the design of the D8 GTO-40. Making this the lightest GTO ever.
To this end Donkervoort developed its patented carbon-fibre EX-CORE® technology in-house, which ensures that components are even lighter and yet more robust. So innovative is this technology that it was even awarded for the European Union Innovation Grant for High-tech Materials recently. EX-CORE® is extensively used in the D8 GTO-40.
Thanks to a collaborative effort with the R&D department of the renowned steel producer Tata Steel, the basis of the D8 GTO-40 – its steel tubular chassis – has been made even stronger. The torsional rigidity of the chassis has been increased by at least 15%, despite the overall weight having been reduced even further. Combined with the EX-CORE® body parts, the upshot is unrivalled safety and torsional rigidity.
Ultimately meaning that the D8 GTO-40 is at least 22 kg* lighter compared to the 2011 D8 GTO.
*tare weight including lightweight options
THE FASTEST GTO EVER
In terms of the design of the D8 GTO-40, Donkervoort focused on increasing downforce and aerodynamic balance. This can be seen in the striking design and in the details of the aerodynamic elements.
From the integrated front spoilers to the diffuser at the rear. Extra cooling for the powertrain, rear wheels and brakes is realized by means of the extra air channels in the nose, rear fenders and bumper.
THE MOST VERSATILE GTO EVER
Aside from all the technical and optical innovations, the D8 GTO-40 is above all a versatile Donkervoort. As well as being pure and fast, it’s also ideal for touring in comfort. To this end, the driver can select from a wide range of options.
Varying from a lightweight air conditioning system – an entirely new option in a Donkervoort – to a brand-new titanium exhaust and exhaust system giving the driver the option of switching between a racier or more comfortable sound. Another first is the unique, 100% carbon-fibre rims.
Each and every feature personal and bespoke, yet never making sacrifices in terms of the top performance and ultimate driving experience for which Donkervoort has been renowned for 40 years now.
Even more aesthetically refined and sophisticated yet more functional than ever is the new interior of the D8 GTO-40. The eye is immediately drawn to the new visible carbon fibre bottom structure, consisting of the floor plate and tunnel. With this design element the 40 interior reflects the car’s no-nonsense, high-tech character. Additional functionalities have also been added inside, some of which can be found on the steering wheel.
Report by donkervoort.com