Donkervoort's Latest Creation Gets The Carbon Makeover

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It's also even lighter than the regular D8 GTO.

Dutch sports car maker Donkervoort Automobielen celebrated the 70th birthday of its company founder in style last month when it unveiled the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70, a new limited-edition version of the crazy D8 GTO track car. With 95 percent of the bodywork constructed from lightweight carbon fiber, the JD70 tips the scales at less than 1,543 pounds. But now there's an even lighter version available.

Donkervoort has presented a new Bare Naked Carbon Edition of the JD70 that exposes the carbon weave and reduces the weight of the JD70 down to around 1,530 pounds. Built from a customer request in 2018, the JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition is available with either a clear or colored lacquer with matte or polished finishes, enabling owners to further personalize their JD70.

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"The woven carbon remains the same," Donkervoort Automobielen Managing Director Denis Donkervoort explained. "We use specially developed inks mixed into the clear coat to create the look of the color in the fiber". Donkervoort added that the carbon trim in the interior can be matched to the exterior bodywork.

Four trims are available. The entry-level "Exposed Carbon Upgrade" trim shows off exposed carbon on the side panels, engine-bay wings, the hood scoop, the triangular cover scoops, and the full interior. Upgrading to the "Hypercar Carbon Weave for Carbon upgrade" adds a different fiber weave structure to reduce more weight. As the name suggests, the "Full Exposed-Carbon" upgrade shows the complete car in exposed carbon, including the exhaust cover, offering significant weight reductions.

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Finally, the "Full-Exposed Colored Carbon" option finishes the complete car in colored carbon. Available colors for the full, exposed colored carbon versions include green, red, blue, gold and grey, and metallic.

Like the regular JD70, the Bare Naked Carbon Edition is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine sourced from an Audi TT RS. This unit produces 415 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. What also makes the JD70 so special is that Donkervoort bills it as the "world's first 2G production car" since it's capable of generating cornering forces exceeding 2G. In other words, it has better cornering abilities than most modern supercars. Production of the JD70 is limited to 70 units. More than half of the allocated units have already been sold since the car was announced, some of which were ordered with bare naked carbon.

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