The ability to withstand lateral acceleration is one of the most important for a sports car – it depends on how fast you can take turns. Some really serious sports cars, such as the new BMW M5 Competition, handle an acceleration of 1.3g – really impressive, because even the Saturn V rocket develops 1.2g in a launch. Now, however, a small Dutch company has created a car that can withstand more than 2g of acceleration. Meet the Donkervoort D8 GTO JD70.
Donkervoort calls this version of the D8 GTO “the first 2g super sports car.” The model is able to withstand a lateral acceleration of over 2g in tight corners and achieves this incredible level of traction with standard tires. Admittedly, they are made of Nankang AR-1 tire intended for racing but are approved for use on the road. However, this does not mean that the car can be driven in rain and snow every day.
The two-seater car is powered by Audi’s 2.5-liter in-line 5-cylinder turbo engine with 420 horsepower, which is transmitted to the rear wheels, not by an elegant two-clutch transmission or even a 6-speed gearbox. This is done through a 5-speed Tremec manual transmission with close gear ratios, significantly improved for use in sports cars. Donkervoort claims that the five gears are sufficient for the optimal performance of the Audi engine.
The weight of the D8 GTO JD70 is also an important factor for this transmission. The car weighs less than 700 kg due to the widespread use of carbon fiber. It is worth noting that the JD70 is the first Donkervoort to be available with a power steering. The model has a lockable differential and the suspension has adjustable stabilizers at the front and rear. The shock absorbers are also adjustable in three stages. A particulate filter helps to meet Euro 6d-Temp standards.
It’s easy to assume that the D8 GTO JD70 doesn’t just take turns like a beast. A 0-62mph time and top speed are yet to be announced, but will likely improve on the 2.8sec and 167mph figures of the current range-topper.
In fact, only 70 units of the model will go into mass production, ie it will be an extremely rare car even for the tracks, where it is expected to be as fast as a bullet. The Dutch company claims that half of the units have already been sold. The base price of the D8 GTO JD70 is 163,636 euros ($ 184,590).