Stronger, faster and safer, the new Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 R has arrived as a track-only Donkervoort with hypercar performance and technology for only supercar pricing.
If the D8 GTO JD70 is the very beating heart of Donkervoort Automobielen, then the JD70 R is its hard-core, uncompromising soul, taking the JD70 concept into areas of performance it can only reach on race circuits.
Where the JD70 was launched this year to honour the 70th birthday of Donkervoort’s founder, Joop Donkervoort, the JD70 R has been developed to embarrass other sports car and their owners and to make its own drivers feel like track superstars.
It’s the fastest, most attacking, least compromised Donkervoort ever engineered, capable of smashing track records, winning races and doing it all on a fraction of the fuel, tyre and brake budgets of traditional sports cars.
“The changes we made were all considered during the JD70 development program,” Donkervoort Managing Director Denis Donkervoort explained. “We made the JD70 R much faster on every racing circuit than the JD70, so naturally we also concentrated on crash safety as a priority. It has race ABS, a fire bomb extinguisher, greater fire protection for the fuel tank, a standard six-point harness and full race seats. For every jump in speed with the JD70 R, we added exponentially to its crash protection.”
The JD70 R has been designed, engineered and developed to be driven flat out for hours on end, then refueled and sent back out on the track for more.
It has also been designed to give real-time data back to the garage, where Donkervoort’s support team can tune the car for each circuit and help the JD70 R’s drivers reach their full potential.
Donkervoort recalculated every single nut and bolt of the JD70 R when it was developed alongside the roadgoing JD70 supercar.
Though visually similar, the JD70 R is faster, angrier and safer than its road-going sibling, and it offers an unprecedented level of adjustability for its chassis and suspension.
There are major changes to the gearbox, the brakes, the steering, the safety package and the tyres to create a car five full seconds faster than the JD70 around the Spa-Francorchamps Grand Prix circuit. It’s even a full three seconds faster than the 1100 horsepower, 2000Nm Koenigsegg Regera.
It’s not just fast, though. It is available with full trackside support, from transport to catering and from spare parts, tyres and mechanical assistance to driver coaching, from Donkervoort itself.
Every driver can feel like part of the select few in the Donkervoort racing family, which is an even tighter, more exclusive part of the extended Donkervoort owners’ family.
Donkervoort concentrated on the suspension, crash safety, braking and steering of the JD70 R, creating a car that ramps up the driver engagement as well as the lap speed.
From €198,000, before tax, the JD70 R is the most exclusive, lowest maintenance and best-supported way to go hypercar hunting on the world’s racetracks.
One of the keys to driver confidence on any racetrack is how the car stops and in the Donkervoort JD70 R’s case, Donkervoort has taken care of that.
It’s not just a matter of stopping better than the JD70 on the track, but making the driver feel like it will stop better, every time, so the biggest change is the addition of the Bosch M5 Clubsport anti-lock braking (ABS) system.
It’s a system Donkervoort has used before on the track, and it gives the driver 12 steps of adjustment, so there’s always just the right level of feel for each driver, but just the right level of grip for every track condition, too.