Donkervoort Automobielen B.V., Netherlands

Donkervoort Automobielen B.V., Netherlands

Donkervoort Automobielen B.V.


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Joop A. Donkervoort

Lelystad, Netherlands


Donkervoort Automobielen BV is a manufacturer of authentic hand-built and ultra light weight sports cars based in Lelystad, Netherlands. The car brand was founded in 1978 by Joop Donkervoort. The history of Donkervoort goes back to 1978, the year the first cars left the humble workshop in Tienhoven. A few years later the company moved to Loosdrecht, followed in 2000 by the move to the current bright, modern factory at the high-visibility location along the A6 in Lelystad. This is where we develop and build our sports cars. Carefully, with an eye to detail. From chassis to suspension to body. And from the many high-tech carbon fibre parts to the tasteful interior. In 2014 a second branch was opened in Germany. Since the early years, Donkervoort has built over 1,100 sports cars. First with Ford engines, and
since 1999 with engines from Audi, with which we enjoy a very cooperative relationship that enables us to build sports cars with the most reliable, powerful and compact engines available on the market. In 1996, Donkervoort's Ford engines were replaced by Audi engines. Donkervoort's motto – "No Compromise" – means driving without any electronic aids such as ABS (Anti-lock braking system), Electronic stability program (ESP) or power steering.



1978 – The beginning:

Joop Donkervoort built the very first Donkervoort in 1978: the S7. The idea arose after the purchase of the Dutch import franchise for a kit car, based on the concept from Colin Chapman. It turned out, however, that this car did not have a type approval and therefore could not be driven on Dutch roads. When he learned that chassis modifications would be necessary to obtain approval, Joop decided to jump in with both feet, and a new sports car brand was born.


1983 – Loosdrecht

Before long, Donkervoort moved to a larger factory building in nearby Loosdrecht. This is where the S8A was developed and built, featuring an all new chassis, independent suspension and electronic fuel injection. Later this model was complemented by the S8AT, which boasted a wider chassis and a turbo that provided an additional 50 horsepower.


1994 – Even sportier

Barely two years after the introduction of the D8 Zetec the car was put on a slimming diet: the D8 Zetec Sport was fitted with the first carbon fibre components, and the long fenders were replaced by short cycle wings. The D8 Cosworth and D8 Cosworth Sport followed later.


2000 - Lelystad

The new partnership with Audi led to big plans, and good sales results meant Donkervoort was gradually growing out of its location in Lelystad. With a world conquest and therefore even higher production numbers on the horizon, the decision was taken to build a brand new factory with a production capacity of around 100 Donkervoorts per year. The company moved into its new building in a prominent location along the A6 in 2000.


2006 – D8 270 RS

The D8 270 RS was a tribute to the prestigious record at the Nürburgring. This lap record put Donkervoort in the international spotlight in one fell swoop. The Donkervoort D8 270 RS, named after the D8 RS with which the record was broken, was introduced in a limited series of 25 cars. Several improvements over the still available 210 hp version were the increased power of 270 hp and a new nose design that could accommodate more and larger coolers. The weight remained virtually unchanged. The D8 270 RS could pride itself on being one of the fastest cars Donkervoort ever built.


2011 – Winner 24H Dubai

These good results also encouraged the desire to compete in endurance races. That opportunity presented itself in the form of an invitation to the 24H of Dubai 2010, where the D8 GT first did battle with a large and varied field of entrants. This would be the very first long distance race for the D8 GT – the ultimate way to test the car for endurance and quality. In its very first long-distance race the Donkervoort D8 GT finished in fifth place in the GT4 field and took 24th place out of a total field of 80 contestants.

In January 2011 the Donkervoort Racing team took part in the 24H of Dubai for the second time. The Donkervoort D8 GT (in 24-hour configuration), driven by Nick de Bruijn (NL), Denis Donkervoort (NL) and Stéphane Wintenberger (F), took first place in the SP3-GT4 class. With this performance the team placed 13th in the overall rankings, among a field of over 85 participants.


2016 - The return of the legendary RS

In December of 2016, Donkervoort shows the very first images of the next generation D8 GTO. Even purer, even more extreme and even faster, and the return of the legendary ‘RS’. Thanks to the significant aerodynamic improvements and a fully updated engine management system, the Donkervoort D8 GTO RS is the fastest and most extreme GTO ever built. In addition, the GTO-RS includes a première: it marks the first time Donkervoort has utilised the patented X-Core production method for carbon fibre components it developed in-house.


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