The original production run of 75 has been boosted to 100.
Donkervoort has announced that it will boost production of the F22 by 33.33% to meet unexpected customer demand. The original production run of 75 units was announced late last year, and now the Dutch boutique manufacturer is adding another 25 models.
Production was scheduled to halt at the end of 2024, but building the additional 25 units will keep the small factory busy until midway through 2025.
What we find odd is the countries asking for this bare-bones, downsized hypercar. After the order books opened, Donkervoort received interest from the USA, southern Europe, Scandinavia (imagine taming this RWD beast on an icy road), and even Israel. So far, five cars have been allocated to US-based customers.
"We are in an unprecedented situation at Donkervoort, and it's a testament to the design and engineering teams behind the F22 that demand is so strong," said managing director Denis Donkervoort. "They appreciated it so much we had to turn back to our logistics chain to source enough high-quality pieces to create another 25 cars after all the regular production slots had been filled. This is where it ends, though.''
Believe it or not, Donkervoort has been in business since 1978. Joop Donkervoort (Denis Donkervoort's father) started the company and built more hardcore versions of the Lotus 7. From 1978-1998, the company used various Ford engines, ranging from the 88-horsepower 1.6-liter naturally aspirated Crossflow to a 201-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot codeveloped with Cosworth. The latter is the same powertrain used in the now highly-desirable and extremely expensive Ford Sierra Cosworth.
After 20 years of working exclusively with Ford, Donkervoort switched to Audi powertrains, and it has been that way ever since.
The first car exported to the USA was the D8 GTO, and the first only landed in the States in 2022, even though the car had been on sale since 2013. A few months later, Donkervoort revealed the F22, which claims to be more comfortable than the D8. Comfort is a relative term, however.
Donkervoort's F22 is an absolute beast that sticks to the lightweight-with-huge-power recipe. Think of it as a Lotus Emira that dropped out of school to join an underground fighting club in Boston. If Boston was in the Netherlands.
It uses Audi's legendary turbocharged five-pot, which produces 492 hp and 494 lb-ft and weighs just 1,653 pounds. The F22 will sprint to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds and hit 124 mph in under eight.
We have to move to the metric system quickly for our favorite figure. The Donkervoort F22 has a power-to-weight ratio of 666 hp per metric tonne. Whether by design or a happy mistake, this car's evil predisposition makes us want one more.
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