It is built on the same carbon-fiber, aluminum, and tubular steel hybrid chassis as its road-legal sibling, but every single nut and bolt was recalibrated to make the car stronger, faster, and safer.
The body panels are manufactured using 60% more high-quality Excore carbon-fiber than the D8 GTO-JD70 for increased safety, while a Bilster Berg roll cage improves chassis rigidity and offers increased side-impact protection.
To provide the perfect setup on any given track, the highly capable independent suspension system with double wishbones features stiffer Intrax four-way adjustable dampers, racing springs, and fully adjustable anti-roll bars. This lowers the car’s ride height and, along with the new Nankang racing tires, provides a maximum lateral acceleration of 2.25 G.
This is the same unit used in the road-legal version, but it comes mated to a six-speed DSG that has been recalibrated and updated with a Bosch race-spec shift software that enables flat upshifts and blipped downshifts.
To cope with the intense requirements of racing, the track monster was also fitted with reinforced endurance-spec driveshafts, prop shaft and differential axles. These enhancements enable the 725 kg (1,598 lbs) JD70 R to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in a hypercar-worthy 2,7 seconds.
Donkervoort does not just offer the best car they ever built but is also focused on making the drivers better by supplying full spare parts and tire service, transportation, data analysis, and even coaching as part of their racing program.
The car delivers real-time telemetry from the engine, gearbox, throttle, brake pedal, steering, or even tire temperature and pressure that can be analyzed back in the pits by the manufacturer’s engineers to make the necessary adjustments for better lap times.
With prices starting around €198,000 ($242,500) before taxes, the D8 GTO-JD70 R is one of the cheapest and most exciting track-oriented cars out there. It provides hypercar-level performance, is cheaper to maintain, and looks like a modern-era Lotus Seven that Colin Chapman would be extremely proud of.