Dutch treat: Birthday gift is 70 ultra-light sports cars

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Donkervoort distributed a couple of teaser photos of its new D8 GTO-JD70 | Donkervoort Automobie photos

You can be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Donkervoort Automobielen, we hadn’t either. But it turns out that the Dutch tuning and ultralight sports car producer has sold more than 1,500 vehicles since its founding in 1978 and has a staff of 50 in Leylstad, Netherlands. And in 1988 its Donkervoort D10 set a record on the Nordschleife at the Nurburgring.

The above is just background for the news that Donkervoort Automobielen has announced that it will build 70 examples of the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70, a car developed as a birthday surprise for the company’s founder, Joop Donkervoort.

Joop turned 70 on August 22 and the car was a present from the company, now managed by his son, Denis.

The JD70 is powered by an “optimized” Audi Sport 2.5 liter 5-cylinder turbocharged engine and the entire car weighs less than 1,600 pounds, thanks to the company’s development of Ex-Core, a carbon fiber technology that won an EU innovation grand. The company says JD70 is being built for use on the road or the race track.

Deliveries of the JD70 begin in 2020 but you can order one now, base price is an amazingly precise €163.636.36 ($181,268.01). But let’s face it, when you’re racing around in a small, lightweight sports car, you want its maker to have been as precise as possible.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. In the tradition of Pontiac pulling the GTO designation from Ferrari, these guys now grab it from defunct Pontiac.
    What goes around…

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